Kale can be planted as early as March for harvest in summer (sooner for baby greens), but it does best grown for the winter garden. For frost-sweetened kale, plant sometime between May and July (varieties like Lacinato and Winterbor take longer to mature, so plant them in early May; Red Russian and Redbor can be planted as late as early July) for harvest all through fall, winter, and next spring.
Get the most out of your small-space garden with these tips and resources for planning your most productive vegetable garden ever.
Learn how to plant garlic, how to grow garlic, how to harvest garlic, and how to store garlic. Also learn how to use garlic scapes and harvest green garlic.
Zucchini is, given the right conditions (sun, rich soil, space), dead easy to grow. No need to start it indoors, just poke a few seeds in the ground, water, and wait for the bounty.
Plant these cold hardy and unusual greens in summer and harvest them all through fall and winter. Focus on seeding hardy greens that will establish quickly and stand up to the coming cool season. Lettuce? Of course. Spinach, chard, and arugula? Yes, yes, and yes. But also consider more unusual greens, both for the salad bowl and stir-fry.
Rhubarb is possibly the most popular and easy-to-grow perennial vegetable. I use mine to make Rhubarb Jewel Cake, a simple, but delicious spring dessert that’s rich in flavour but not too sweet.
Winter Daphne, or Daphne odora, is:
a slow grower with a tidy shape
a good choice for small gardens
attractive to hummingbirds
doesn’t require pruning
Gardening requires optimism. You have to look forward with hope and see past the weeds and the voracious insects to the season of your favourite rose or the first snap peas. You have to persevere.