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Yes, you can plant vegetables in December! These 8 vegetables love the cold weather, and you'll be harvesting within 30 days. Includes recommended varieties, planting tips, and recipes for your harvest.
Yep...it's officially winter. The ground is freezing, the air is freezing, and my toes are freezing. Bundle up along with me, and head out into the garden this month!
There are quite a few vegetables to plant in December that will continue to grow in the coldest weather. Some of them will be ready for you to harvest as early as January.
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This planting guide for Zone 9 will give you 8 vegetables you can plant in December for a great harvest. Let's go!
Tender asparagus spears are one of the first vegetables to harvest in Spring. It's easy to grow asparagus in your garden, and it will produce for years and years.
Varieties: There are two types of asparagus: all-male varieties like Jersey Giant, Jersey Supreme and Jersey Knight; or male/female varieties like Mary Washington. The all-male types can produce more spears, but the male/female plants can potentially make seeds and multiply.
Planting: While you can grow asparagus from seed, it’s much easier to grow it from roots, called crowns. Learn everything you need to know about growing asparagus in your garden.
Recipe: I love to stir-fry asparagus with a bit of butter and brown sugar, or add it to Homemade Fried Rice.
Going out to the garden to pick a salad for dinner is the best! And, of course, the foundation for a delicious salad is great lettuce.
Varieties:Little Gem Romaine is a petite heirloom variety that has a crisp texture and nutty flavor.
Planting: Lettuce is a cool-weather crop, so plant it in a shady area. Plant your seedlings in December about 1 foot apart. Keep the soil moist and watch for garden pests, like snails and slugs. Learn more about growing romaine lettuce.
Recipe: When you've picked all the vegetables for your salad, top it off with some homemade croutons.
Planting: Start fava seeds directly in the garden in December; they'll sprout in about 10-15 days. To eat whole like a snap bean, harvest when young and pods are 2"–3" long; for fresh shelling beans, harvest when the pod shell turns green and the bean is a light green color; and for dry beans to store, harvest when shell turns hard and brown and seeds inside are dry.
Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow, and it's one that never fails to give me a great harvest. Did you know that each garlic clove you plant grows into an entire head of garlic? That's great news for garlic lovers like me.
Lots of folks make fun of kale because it’s in everything. Kale chips, kale smoothies, kale salad...the list goes on and on.
There’s a reason for this, though. One cup of kale contains more than your recommended daily value of vitamins K, A, and C. It also has lots of trace minerals, like copper, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium.
Varieties: I like Red Russian Kale, which you grow as a baby green. Cut the leaves after about 25 days and you’ll have tender, tasty kale. Then the plant will regrow for another harvest. Cool, right?
Planting: Set out kale plants in December and you’ll be harvesting your first crop of baby greens in January.