Winter Gardening in Zone 9

By: Dan Hagan - Managing Editor

While much of the rest of the country is shoveling snow, Zone 9 Gardeners will still be shoveling dirt and compost in their very productive winter gardens. While Zone 9 has some of the hottest, and most limited growing summers, it also offers one of the best growing winters.

Crop Suggestions

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Carrots

Hard Freeze Suggestions

Some areas of Zone 9 will never see a hard freeze, others will have a few nights of it. If a hard freeze is approaching most plants will need to be protected. There are many products available on the market for protecting plants, but any medium thickness cotton blanket will protect the plants. It is important to make sure the entire plant is covered and that it gets sun again as soon as the freeze passes.