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.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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