Cold Crops To Grow During The Winter

It is hard to believe we just hosted the 3rd official Growing North Live presentation.  Pam of GrowingNorth.CA  was so gracious to answer many of my questions as I begin my adventure in growing in the geodesic bio dome.  During the 1 hour presentation we had many who attended and contributed questions.  On this blog post you will find links that were discussed during the live event along with a list of cold crops to grow during the winter.


Mixed Greens
Mixed Greens Image By GrowingNorth.CA

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The presentation in the video below was streamed live on the BLAB network.  You can find more presentations like this on the Creative Living and Growing with Bren YouTube page. 

Find this video on Growing in the Dome Playlist on

Important Links 


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Below are the plants Pam and I discussed during the 1 hour presentation that we recommend during during the winter season in a dome or covered greenhouse.


Lettuce is a plant that will LIVE  in cold, but needs light to “grow”.  A few of my favorite lettuces to grow are Sandy, Buttercrunch and Mesclun. I have been growing lettuce during the winter months for over 10 years successfully.


There are many different varieties of arugula.  Most of the new varieties are easy to grow quickly unlike the native plant.  Arugula is one of my top 3 MUST grow in the geodesic bio dome during the winter season.

Sunday #sunset in the DomeBrassicas : Cabbage, Broccoli and Kale
Watering in the dome.
These plants need space for their roots but grow wonderfully during the cold season. I enjoy the fresh and sweet flavor that these plants have when grown in the cool season.
Bunny in the Dome Garden

The image above is Russian Kale growing in my geodesic bio dome during the early days of Winter.


Will live in cold, but needs more light to “grow”.


Radishes are my go to plant.  I recommend radishes to everyone because they are are super easy to grow and can be eaten in roughly 30 days after planting the seed.


Peas (shoots)


Collard Greens
Collard Greens In My Garden

Pac Choy

Greenhouse : spring garden


Most of the herbs that live in the geodesic dome and greenhouse are their to live.  New growth will begin once the temperatures rise well above freezing and days get longer with sun.


Sunday #sunset in the Dome

Borage in the Winter Kitchen Garden
Borage in the Winter Kitchen Garden

Swiss Chard

swiss chard

Other Plants 

Many plants can be over wintered in a dormant stage, including peppers and some tomatoes 

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During the presentation others shared their experience and asked questions.  Below are a few interesting shares.


A point to remember is that there are many different varieties of most greens. Basil, for example, has over 300 different varieties that will grow in different climates. Do some research, and find which will work best for you.
for a temp chart, website, zoom in on your area, and click on the nearest WX (blue circle) and click on weather charts 🙂


Roots n’ leaf crops

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Year Round Vegetable Gardening Nikki Jabbour
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Nikki Jabbour

[alert-warning]Are you anxious to garden year-round or just want a cool place to enjoy fresh greens? Do you grow year-round in a hoop, greenhouse or dome? I’d love to connect with you so please comment below.

Happy Gardening,



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