Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Let your Veggies Freeze!

septembre 29Unlike tomatoes and peppers, which turn soft and mushy when they are hit by frost, many vegetables are at their best when they experience a frost or two. This select group of cold-loving vegetables includes cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, leeks, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, turnips, and other root vegetables. You can even mulch heavily and leave them under the snow all winter: their taste will be even better in the spring! Under the effect of freezing, these vegetables convert much of the starch they contain into sugar… and we humans find sweet vegetables the tastiest.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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