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Organic Cold Weather Seeds

Kale grows very well in cold weather.
Kale grows very well in cold weather.

Organic cold weather seeds are a must-have if you're hoping to plant a year-round garden. Of course, what you can plant depends entirely on where you live. Before ordering seeds you should familiarize yourself with your planting zone, which you can then use to find seeds that will grow in your area during different seasons. Once you have this information, it's time to shop!

What Will Grow in the Cold?

If you're looking to plant a cold weather garden, there are actually quite a few varieties of vegetables that you can grow quite well in colder climates. First, you need to ask yourself if you'll be planting out in the open or in a poly tunnel or greenhouse. If you're planting in a greenhouse, you'll have a larger selection of plants to choose from than if you plant straight out in the cold - in fact, you might be able to grow almost anything you want if your greenhouse is warm enough!

If, on the other hand, you're planning on leaving your garden unprotected from the elements, you're going to have to choose plants that are hardy in cold climates. Thankfully there are quite a few that will do well, especially brassica and allium varieties:

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Cabbage
  • Turnip
  • Parsley
  • Potato
  • Beets
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Some strawberries

Ordering Organic Cold Weather Seeds

There are lots of places to buy organic cold weather seeds, and your best bet would be to visit a local nursery that's familiar with what will grow in your area. Local gardening shops are valuable not only for finding out what to plant, but for learning how to plant it. Most nursery staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to knowing how things grow, and just a quick chat with someone who makes it their business to know what grows can save you a lot of wasted time and effort.That said, sometimes you don't have a nursery nearby, or you're looking for an exact variety that your local place doesn't carry. In that case, the Internet is a great resource for ordering seeds and having them shipped right to your door.

Here are a few online seed vendors that provide a good selection of organic cold weather seeds. These places are all mom-and-pop establishments, so rest assured that you're still helping small business by shopping with small online gardening shops!

J. L. Hudson Seeds

J. L. Hudson's seed bank, located near the central California coast, has a wide variety of organic seeds to choose from. Hudson's goal is to help preserve seed varieties, and his motto is "conservation, propagation, education." He can be reached via email only.

Seeds of Change

A poly tunnel can protect your winter veggies.

Perhaps one of the most well known seed banks, Seeds of Change sells a wealth of organic seeds on their farm and offers a ton of information on their website. They even sell varieties meant for urban gardening and have a special section for four season planting.

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply

While Peaceful Valley is known for carrying an amazing array of garlic varieties, they also have a great selection of other organic vegetables seeds as well. They also sell everything you'll need to start your organic garden and keep it healthy and happy.

The Organic Seed Alliance

The Organic Seed Alliance believes that seeds are a major part of our cultural heritage, and aims to preserve heirloom varieties of plants. While they don't sell seeds outright, they are a wonderful resource for any gardener looking to plant organic heirloom seeds.

Green People

Green People have an online directory of organic seed vendors in all 50 states. Peruse the list and see who's local to you!

Organic Cold Weather Seeds