Spring is a little over a month away, but if you live anywhere in the south like we do (hi from Texas), it feels like spring is already here. We’ve been getting the itch to plant our spring veggies already, but we also know there could be another frost or two on the horizon. We did a little research on which plants are frost-resistant, and if you’ve gotten the planting itch too, we recommend trying these delicious plants.
- Kale– You can plant kale anytime of year because it can handle both warm and cool temperatures. This type of cabbage is known for being the hardiest of hardiest, with the ability to survive snow and below-freezing temperatures. This makes it a perfect springtime plant in case there is a random freeze or two. Kale is easy to grow and is an excellent source of protein, vitamins A (promotes healthy immune system), C (prevents cardiovascular disease) & K (help/ with blood clotting). Here are some delicious recipes to use your kale with!
- Collard greens– Another form of cabbage, collard greens are also hardy just like kale. They too can handle a frost. Please note: Collard greens are often fertile munching ground for aphids. Make sure to occasionally spritz your collard greens, and kale, with a bottle of water mixed with a few drops of dish soap. Take it from personal experience: This is the best and cheapest way to keep aphids at bay. Not sure what to do with your collard greens? Here are some creative recipes. P.S. These leafy greens are full of Vitamin K, A & C, and manganese (helps with bone building) and fiber (helps with digestion).
- Brussels sprouts– These delicious little balls of heaven are a long-growing vegetable that enjoys cooler weather. Since it can take months for the vegetable to mature, it’s best to plant them in the spring so that you can have a full plant in the fall. Brussels sprouts are an extremely versatile plant to cook with and are full of Vitamin K, C & B9 (help prevent heart disease & stroke). Here are some of our favorite recipes to check out.
- Broccoli– A cool weather plant, broccoli can handle near freezing temperatures. It is possible to get two crops a year out of the plant, and they enjoy full sun and water. Broccoli is no stranger to pests such as aphids, worms and whiteflies, so make sure to keep an eye on them. From quiche to soup, you can do 101 things with broccoli, and they’re rich in Vitamin K and C too!