Cold Hardy Vegetables – Tips On Planting A Vegetable Garden In Zone 4:
Zone 4 is considered the most suitable for growing cold hardy vegetables. You need to have proper soil type, temperature range, moisture level and light intensity to grow these types of vegetables. Also it requires minimum amount of time and energy to produce good results from your garden.
These are some of the reasons why it is recommended to plant cold hardy vegetables in zone 4.
Plant cold hardy vegetables in zones 3 and 2 if possible. They require much less care than their counterparts. However, they do not yield as well or at all when grown in those two other zones.
If you live in zone 6, then there is no need to worry about growing cold hardy vegetables because they will not thrive here. But if you want to grow them, then you might consider doing so.
There are many varieties of cold hardy vegetables which can be grown in zone 4. Some of the best ones include:
Beans (Pinto) – Beans are one of the easiest to grow and provide excellent nutrition for humans.
Beets – Beets are a root vegetable that store well and have a sweet taste.
Broccoli – This is another vegetable that provide excellent nutrition and stores well after being harvested.
Brussels Sprouts – These can be grown in large quantities because they do not require as much attention as other plants and store well.
Cabbage – Cabbages are another root vegetable that can be eaten boiled, baked or even raw in some instances.
Carrots – Carrots are an excellent vegetable to eat raw or cooked. They also store well when kept in a cool, dry place.
Cauliflower – This is another great choice because they can be eaten raw or cooked and also store well.
Kale – Kale is a sturdy vegetable that can handle colder temperatures. It can be eaten raw or cooked.
Mustard Greens – These greens store well and can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Onion – These are a good choice because they can be eaten either cooked or raw and store well.
Peas (Shelling) – Peas are another easy to grow vegetable that stores well. They are very nutritious as well.
Spinach – This is a great vegetable that is nutritious and stores well when frozen.
Turnip – This vegetable grows well in cool temperatures and can be eaten both cooked and raw. It does not store well though.
These are some of the more popular cold hardy vegetables. If you want a more extensive list, you can find one online for free.
Alternatively, you can purchase one at your local gardening center.
We also have a list of plants that should not be grown in zone 4:
Asparagus – This is a plant that requires more care than other plants to grow well.
Beans (Bush) – These are difficult to grow because they do not tolerate extreme temperatures well.
Cantaloupe – Growing these melons is difficult in zone 4. They need much heat to grow properly.
Celery – Celery requires a lot of water and cooler temperatures to thrive.
Garlic – This plant can take all year to grow. It is also very easy to grow which makes it not worth the space in your garden.
Onion (Bulb) – This plant should not be grown in zone 4 because it does not grow well in cool temperatures and takes up too much space for not much yield.
Over the years, you have grown many gardens. You have learned a lot about what plants grow well and which ones don’t. This knowledge will help you and your family have food when others won’t.
Most importantly, it gives you a greater appreciation of nature and food in general. There have been many times when you didn’t think you would survive. And yet, you did because nature provides for all creatures great and small.
All things must eventually come to an end, though yours has been much longer than most.
As you lie on your bed, looking at the framed pictures of your family, you can finally breathe your last breath in peace knowing that they all made it through okay and lived good lives.
You hope you have as well.
Sources & references used in this article:
Vegetable growing handbook by J Larkcom – 2008 – Kodansha America
Choosing and growing adapted vegetable varieties by WE Splittstoesser – 1990 – books.google.com
… Vegetable Garden Problem Solver: The Best and Latest Advice for Beating Pests, Diseases, and Weeds and Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble in the Garden by SL Love, S Parkinson, K Noble – 2009 – extension.uidaho.edu
Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guides to Cold Climate Gardening: How to Select and Grow the Best Vegetables and Ornamental Plants for the North by FM Bradley – 2007 – books.google.com
The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest-to-grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden by RA Briccetti – 2000 – books.google.com