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The 7 Top Winter Vegetables to Plant

Published Nov 14, 2023

The long winter months are often associated with a dormant garden, where the cold weather puts a pause on vibrant blooms and fresh produce. However, we know very well that some of the hardiest vegetables grow in winter. However, what if you want some variety aside from the traditional broccoli, spinach, beets, Brussels sprouts, and carrots that can easily overwhelm our plates all throughout the cold winter months?

With the evolution of indoor gardening technologies, the concept of a winter vegetable garden has been redefined. You’ll never have to worry about getting that early start to your crops come the first frost. And with new seasonal varieties, you can say hello to innovative bursts to your winter dishes.

With Gardyn, we explore the 7 top winter vegetables to plant from the comfort of your very home. No longer bound by the limitations of placing a cover on your favorite vegetables, you can now plant, cultivate, and harvest fresh vegetables year-round, ensuring a constant supply of nutrient-rich produce for everyone at home.

Here, we’ll cover:

  • The top 7 vegetables to plant during the winter months;
  • Their nutritional benefits; and,
  • The unique advantages of using Gardyn to grow vegetables in winter and all year round.


Kale, often dubbed the “queen of greens,” is a standout vegetable, especially during the winter months. Resilient to cooler temperatures, it is an easy vegetable to grow in many winter gardens, and you should never have any doubts about this leafy green as it can deliver versatility to many of your dishes (mixed with some green onions), or even incorporate it for an added boost to your smoothies and/or salads.

Top nutritional qualities: Rich in vitamins A, C, and K. High content of fiber, antioxidants (quercetin and kaempferol), calcium, and iron.

Top health rewards: Promotes bone and skin health, has the potential to boost the immune system, aid against blood clotting, digestive health, and anti-inflammatory properties.

But what truly sets kale apart when grown with a Gardyn Home Kit is the enhanced flavor and nutrient retention. Thanks to the optimal conditions provided by Gardyn’s Home Kits, every leaf harvested will not only be fresher but it will also be packed with more nutrients than store-bought kale. Learn more about Gardyn’s kale.

Mustard Greens

Mustard greens, with their tender leaves and peppery flavor, are a favorite among gardeners and chefs alike. These versatile greens can grow in winter and can be used in a variety of dishes, from fresh salads to smooth emulsions. While it’s a popular choice for spring and summer gardens as they can be harvested throughout the year, mustard greens grow well during the cooler winter months.

Top nutritional qualities: Rich in vitamins A, C, and K. High content fiber, and low in calories. It is also a decent source in terms of manganese, calcium, and iron.

Top health rewards: Promotes bone health, the potential to boost the immune system, digestive health, and anti-inflammatory properties.

By adding mustard greens to your arsenal of top winter vegetables to plant, you’re adding a potential “superfood” to spice up not only your dishes but boost your health. Learn more about mustard greens and use them in your top winter meals today.


Often regarded as a simple snack (with your spread of peanut butter), an added complement to your stew, or a crunchy addition to salads, celery is a vegetable that deserves more recognition for its nutritional prowess. While it’s commonly associated with summer gardens, celery can be grown especially for your winter harvest indoors.

Top nutritional qualities: Excellent source of vitamin K, rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. Contains unique antioxidants, including apigenin and phthalides.

Top health rewards: Supports bone health, promotes vision and skin health, boosts the immune system, has potential anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and may help in relaxing artery walls to combat high blood pressure.

With these many nutritional benefits, celery should be a year-round vegetable that should not be reserved for just winter days. With Gardyn, every stalk (and bunched leaves) of celery harvested is a testament to unparalleled freshness and nutrient-rich produce that complements any meal or snack. Learn more about Gardyn’s celery.


Cauliflower, with its delicate, creamy florets, has risen in popularity not just for its versatility in the kitchen but also for its impressive health benefits. Whether it’s transformed into pizza crusts, rice alternatives, or enjoyed in its natural form, cauliflower is a top winter vegetable to plant without exception.

Top nutritional qualities: High in vitamin C, good source of vitamin K, vitamin B6, and folate. Contains vital minerals like potassium, manganese, and magnesium. Rich in antioxidants, especially glucosinolates, and isothiocyanates.

Top health rewards: Boosts immune health, supports bone structure, aids in DNA synthesis and cellular metabolism, promotes brain health, and has potential anti-cancer properties. Additionally, its dietary fiber content can potentially aid in digestion and supports heart health.

When you grow cauliflower in a Gardyn Home Kit, you’re ensuring that each floret harvested is packed with nutrients, free from harmful chemicals, and bursting with natural flavor. Learn more about Gardyn’s mini-cauliflowers for your indoor garden.

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard, with its vibrant stems and deep green leaves, is not only a visual treat but also a nutritional powerhouse. Its colorful appearance is a hint at the array of nutrients it packs. Often overshadowed by other leafy greens like spinach, Swiss Chard stands out for its unique taste and texture that bursts every time you sauté these branches to accompany your favorite winter dishes.

Top nutritional qualities: Abundant in vitamins A, C, and K. Rich in minerals like magnesium, potassium, and iron. Contains beneficial compounds like syringic acid and kaempferol.

Top health rewards: Enhances eye health, supports bone structure, aids in red blood cell formation, regulates blood sugar levels, and offers anti-inflammatory properties. The high fiber content also promotes digestive health.

By growing Swiss Chard in the Gardyn system, you’re ensuring a consistent supply of one of the most nutritious leafy greens. Every bite of Swiss Chard from your Gardyn is a step towards a healthier lifestyle. Learn more about our variety of Swiss Chard from Gardyn.

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Arugula often termed the ‘rocket’ for its peppery taste and rapid growth, is a surefire choice amongst salad enthusiasts. This green not only adds a zesty flavor to dishes but also packs a nutritional punch.

Top nutritional qualities: Arugula is a leafy green rich in vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also a good source of calcium, potassium, and folate.

Top health rewards: Boosts bone health, supports vision, and aids in digestion. Its antioxidants can also help combat free radicals, promoting overall well-being.

With Gardyn, you can grow arugula year-round, ensuring that every salad you make has that fresh, peppery kick, combined with a host of health benefits. Learn more about Gardyn’s carefully chosen variety of arugula.

Pak Choi

Pak Choi, also known as bok choy, is a type of Chinese cabbage that stands out for its crunchy texture and mild flavor. This leafy green is not just a staple in Asian dishes; it’s also a powerhouse of crunchy, fresh, and all-encompassing nutritional fare for foodies.

Top nutritional qualities: Pak Choi is abundant in vitamins A, C, and K. It also provides calcium, iron, and magnesium, essential for various bodily functions.

Top health rewards: Supports bone health, aids in red blood cell formation, and promotes a healthy immune system. Its antioxidants help in maintaining skin health and combating oxidative stress.

With Gardyn, cultivating Pak Choi becomes a breeze, allowing you to enjoy its crunchy delight and nutritional benefits throughout the winter and even beyond. Did you know that we take the time to review and select which plants, fruits, and vegetables to grow for our garden kits? Learn more about Gardyn’s variety of top winter vegetables to plant and bok choy today.

The Gardyn Advantage: Beyond Just Fresh Produce

While the joy of gardening and the freshness of home-grown vegetables are unparalleled, Gardyn takes the experience to a whole new level. Our innovative indoor gardening systems are not just about growing food; it’s about revolutionizing the way we think about gardening and acquiring the food we consume, even when the cool weather settles.

With Gardyn, you can grow a variety of vegetables year-round, irrespective of the growing season. Whether it’s the heat of summer or the chill of fall and winter, your indoor garden remains unaffected, producing fresh, nutritious produce day after day.

Did we mention that our system is designed to operate with a user-friendly app to provide you with tips and guidance, ensuring even novice gardeners can plant and harvest with ease?

Moreover, the nutritional value of the food you grow in Gardyn is unparalleled. Because you’re harvesting (from our carefully selected seeds) and consuming right from the source (our Home Kits), the freshness is unbeatable. This not only enhances the taste but also ensures you’re getting the maximum nutritional benefits from every bite.

But the advantages don’t stop at fresh produce. When you get your Gardyn Home Kit, you’re also joining a community of gardening enthusiasts who share the same journey as you. By choosing to follow us, you can stay updated with the latest gardening tips, innovations, and insights. If you ever have questions or need assistance, our contact support is always ready to help, ensuring your winter gardening journey is smooth and rewarding.

So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, Gardyn provides an unparalleled advantage, taking your gardening experience beyond just fresh produce. Dive into the future of gardening with Gardyn and witness the transformation of your dishes with our top winter vegetables to plant. With us, you’re changing your food and lifestyle all at once.

No soil, no toil. Just modernized indoor gardening at its best. Don’t think it’s too late. Your journey starts now with Gardyn. Learn more about which kit is right for your next home winter garden.

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