The 10 Best Vegetables to Grow for Winter Storage


Carrots are fantastic winners in the fall and winter, but they tend to struggle in summer gardens. Frost doesn't harm these hardy plants, and cold weather makes carrot roots even sweeter.


Similar to carrots, beets store more sugar in colder months to keep their roots from freezing, which also happens to make them taste even better.


Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and other brassica vegetables can bolt in the heat or grow stunted when exposed to high temperatures.

Green Onions

While green onions are even easier to maintain in winter gardens, bulbing onions are cold-hardy crops that can thrive in cool conditions.

Leafy Greens

Although they may appear delicate, spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are among the hardiest plants you can cultivate in your winter garden.


Not only are savory leeks among the hardest crops to grow, but they are frequently included to fall and winter dishes.

Leaf Lettuce

Lettuce of many kinds, especially head lettuce cultivars like romaine, may thrive in cold climates. However, because it can be harvested little by little and develops faster than head lettuce, leaf lettuce is typically easier to cultivate in colder climates.


Parsnips are slow-growing plants that are typically sown in the spring and harvested 120 180 days later in the fall. Parsnips, however, can stay in the ground all winter long in places where the ground doesn't freeze solid.


Turnips can be kept in the ground throughout the winter, though they are typically picked in the fall and kept in root cellars.


Without quick-growing radishes, no list of cool-weather crops could be considered complete. Radishes are a mainstay in gardens come spring and fall, growing in small places and ready to harvest in three weeks.