What to Plant in Your Winter Garden

By on November 07, 2014

Garlic, onions, and shallots taste so much better when they come from your garden. Plant now!

Don’t leave your garden just yet! Late Fall and early Winter is the time to plant some easy edibles, put in some spring-blooming bulbs, and scatter the sweeps of wildflowers that will be a delight come Spring and Summer. Tricia has Winter garden tips in our Winter Gardening Tips video.

planting garlic in furrows

Vegetables to Plant in a Winter Garden

All the alliums want to go in the ground now. This family—garlic, onions, leeks, and shallots—will be ready to harvest next summer. You can plant garlic, shallots, onion bulbs (sets) or live transplants of onions and leeks.

The live onion and leek transplants arrive in our warehouse and are shipped out immediately. Our last transplant shipment of the season - 2014 will be here on Tuesday, November 11. Pre-order right now to reserve yours!

If your soil is still warm enough, you can still put in radishes, carrots, greens, lettuce, beets, kale, peas, or potatoes!

We can’t help you dig the furrows for these veggies, but we can give you a helping hand with information:


How to Grow Garlic
Growing Onions, Leeks, and Shallots
Fall Perennial Vegetable Care


Growing Garlic—What’s the Difference Between Softneck and Hardneck Varieties?
Why Onions Vary in Flavor and Storage Time
Shallots and Leeks—the Lesser Known Onion Cousins for your Garden and Kitchen


Growing Great Garlic
Growing and Using Garlic
All the Onions

bachelor buttons in bloom

Wildflowers for Wildlife and You

Wildflowers need the seasonal cooling and warming of Winter and Spring to trigger their growth.

Plant our open-pollinated wildflower seeds this month, and in the spring and summer you’ll attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds—depending on what you plant. We have wildflower mixes for micro-climates all over the U.S., mixes for butterflies or hummingbirds—even wildflowers that are deer resistant. We have single varieties too, like that blue Bachelor Button (also called Cornflower).

Watch our video and read our articles to get your wildflower imagination going. Then pick up some wildflower seeds and a book or two, and start creating beauty along with Mother Nature.


Planting Wildflowers


Wildflowers are Better than Weeds
Plant this Fall for Glorious Wildflower Meadows and Beds Next Year


Grow a Butterfly Garden
Grow a Hummingbird Garden

We hope you enjoy the late Fall and early Winter in your garden!

  Comments (6)


I bought 1lb of potatoes and 100 onion sets.

Onions are up!! grin

Posted by Dawson on Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:03:23 PM


Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Nov. 15, 2012 at 9:52:27 AM


When planting garlic, should the skins be removed first?

Posted by Bob Z on Nov. 08, 2014 at 11:29:32 AM


i live near redding calif. some of the hard freezes kills some of the fall plantings (cabbage,brussel sprouts) i am going to put a grow tunnel with one of those frost protect covers on it this year. usually try planting peas in january but maybe in nov this year.anyone with successes?

Posted by chuck schau on Nov. 09, 2014 at 10:10:35 AM

No, you don’t need to remove the skins, in fact, it is better to have the skins in place. Just break apart the bulb into individual cloves, soak them in some kelp (not necessary but I think it improves the sprouting), then plant the cloves.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Nov. 14, 2014 at 12:29:20 PM

I live in Grass Valley, and have had success with setting up a mini-greenhouse using tufflite. I grew broccoli and mustard throughout the winter. If it really gets cold, you can combine a heavy-weight rowcover, Agribon, in conjunction with the greenhouse poly. I used pvc to make a frame to lay the greenhouse poly on and secured it with snap clamps.

If you are making low tunnels, then just use the heavy-weight Agribon.  Good luck.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Nov. 14, 2014 at 12:34:26 PM

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