Winter Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Kansas City, KS
Question by Schwillings
July 11, 2000
I'm planning on trying a winter garden this year. I'm building a 6'x 3" insulated sun box which will be placed on a south-facing slope, sheltered from the north. I'm trying to figure out what plants can be grown in it. I heard there are some lettuces, spinaches, root crops, radishes, kales, and some oriental veggies that can be grown in a sunbox in my zone. I'm having trouble pinpointing exact varieties though. Do you have any suggestions?


Answer from NGA
July 11, 2000


The crops you mention are all good candidates for cool-season gardening. My favorites include the salad green Arugula (35 days), 'Chicago Red' beets (49 days), 'Simpson Elite', 'Mighty Red Oak' and 'Gourmet Blend' leaf lettuces (45-50 days), 'Baby Leaf Hybrid' spinach (42 days), 'Bright Lights' swiss chard (60 days) and 'Burpee White' radishes (25 days). You can order seeds online at or phone (800) 888-1447 to place your order.

Hope you have a terrific harvest!

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