Here are the salad crops that sprout best in (unfrozen) cold soil. Of course, the warmer you can make it with row covers, fleece, or a cold frame, the faster and better they will grow. But you should be able to get some growth if the soil is above 45 degrees.

Surprisingly, many crops like kale that take the most cold as mature plants need a bit warmer start. This selection features plants whose adaptation in the wild is to sprouting as early as possible in spring, when the soil is still very cold. They are often more cold-hardy as seedlings than as mature plants--the opposite of brassicas like kale, collards, and cabbage.

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Arugula Greens, Organic

Fast and easy. Spicy, tender leaves and flowers for salads with mouth-watering flavor.Self-sows, attracts beneficial insects, makes a great understory  in su...
  • Days to maturity: 37-50
  • Seeds per packet: 200
  • Germination days: 5-10
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Austrian Winter Field Pea, Organic

Small, yellow soup peas with dark skins. The green shoots make a wonderful winter salad crop, hardy down to 0 degrees. Along with kale and spinach, you can h...
  • Seeds per packet: 900
  • Planting depth: 1.5-3
  • Days to maturity: 70-182
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Black Seeded Simpson Looseleaf Lettuce, Organic

Tried and true heirloom for cool spring soils, BSS gets salad on the table early and often. Tender texture, mild flavor. Fresh, spring-green color and curly ...
  • Days to maturity: 45
  • Spacing: 8-9
  • Germination days: 2-15

Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach, Organic

Classic old American heirloom, pre-1908, considered a benchmark for flavor. Glossy dark-green savoyed leaves. Succession-sow in spring. Bred as a spring/ sum...
  • Days to maturity: 48
  • Germination days: 6-21
  • Spacing: 6
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Bronze Arrow Looseleaf Lettuce

A rare, long-standing heirloom leaf lettuce that has it all. Our own strain, unavailable elsewhere. The head in the picture sprouted from spilled seed in the...
  • Spacing: 8-9
  • Days to maturity: 60
  • Germination days: 2-15
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Chickweed, Stellaria, Organic

Sow in early spring or fall for spring greensFast-growing in shade or sunClip often and use like sprouts or mild lettuce, in tacos, salads, garnish. Don't le...
  • Days to maturity: 37-50
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Spacing: Broadcast

Dwarf Grey Sugar (Edible Pod) Snowpea

This heirloom has been loved for over 2 centuries. Earliest pea of all, producing its brave pink and purple flowers and 2-3" pods when the weather is still c...
  • Seeds per packet: 250
  • Planting depth: 1/2-1
  • Spacing: 3
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Early Wonder Tall Top Beet, organic

Early and easy with great flavor, and lots of greens for cooking-Early Wonder has been a favorite in home gardens and farmer's markets for many years. Heart-...
  • Days to maturity: 45
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
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Emerald Fan Looseleaf Lettuce, Organic, OSSI

The fastest spring growth of any lettuce we have ever grown. Perfect "scoops" for dip. Big, healthy, deep-green leaves catch spring sunlight and make it into...
  • Days to maturity: 45
  • Spacing: 8-9
  • Germination days: 2-15
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Erbette Chard, Organic

Heirloom from Italy, this is a very refined and delicious leafbeet type chard, with leaves that cook quickly and have the tender texture and mild taste of tr...
  • Days to maturity: 40-60
  • Spacing: 8
  • Seeds per packet: 50
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French Breakfast Radish, Organic

Heirloom from 1885, oblong, blunt-ended root, red-rose topped and white on the bottom. Flesh crisp, tender and mildly pungent. They grow fast - succession so...
  • Days to maturity: 25
  • Spacing: 2
  • Germination days: 3-5
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Frisee Endive, organic

A heirloom triple-cut curly endive from France. This is the feathery, finely-branched pale leaf you see in salad mix in winter. Grows like lettuce but more s...
  • Seeds per packet: 180
  • Days to maturity: 60
  • Germination days: 2-15
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Hungarian Pink Winter Butterhead Lettuce

This old European heirloom is one of the most beautiful vegetables we've seen. Round green heads, larger and firmer than most butterheads, brushed with pink....
  • Spacing: 9-12
  • When to plant: Winter
  • Days to maturity: 60
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Italian Dandelion

Fast-growing plant traditionally used for early greens. Deep-cut long broad leaves resembling dandelion, but much larger, with a slightly bitter flavor prefe...
  • Days to maturity: 52-83
  • Seeds per packet: 200
  • Germination days: 2-15
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Mache, Corn Salad, Rapunzel

The most cold-hardy green of all, down to 0 degrees. Small dark-green leaves with very mild, almost flowery flavor and delicate texture. Very high vitamin C-...
  • Days to maturity: 45-60
  • Germination days: 7-21
  • Seeds per packet: 200

Miners Lettuce (Claytonia)

 Extremely hardy for winter salads tender juicy leaves with mild buttery flavor. Wild American native is easy to grow and tolerates shade.Super-nutritious. A...
  • Days to maturity: 40
  • Spacing: Broadcast
  • Seeds per packet: 200

Minutina, (Erba Stella, Staghorn)

Crunchy, succulent leaves Ultra cold-hardy for winter saladsMinutina, like miner's lettuce, corn salad, and mizuna, stands all winter, even in Maine, in an u...
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Seeds per packet: 500
  • Spacing: 8
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Mizuna Asian Greens

Mild, feathery green is a major part of almost all salad mixes. Vigorous plants grow quickly to 12-24" and 2-4 pounds. Or cut when 3-4" for salad mix (28 day...
  • Days to maturity: 40-65
  • Spacing: 10
  • Seeds per packet: 80
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Pacific Beauty Mix Calendula

Blooms through frost to 25 degreesEdible 3" double daisy-like blooms in hot colors.A traditional mix of longer-stemmed calendulas in shades of creamy yellow ...
  • Germination days: 21-28
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Spacing: 12

Radicchio, Early Treviso, organic

Italian heirloomdelicious in winter salads and cooked dishes.The color alone is worth including in your garden, but we love it for its crisp texture and bitt...
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Radish Mix

Our house mix of of colors and sizes: red, pink, purple, white, and bicolor salad radishes with both round and long types. All grown for roots, though. Lots ...
  • Spacing: 2
  • Germination days: 3-5
  • Seeds per packet: 350

Ruby Red Chard , organic

Unbelievably vivid red stems and veins shine in the sun with rich color-nothing like the bronzes and maroons that pass for red with most vegetables. Easy to ...
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Spacing: 8
  • Days to maturity: 50-60

Spring Salad Collection

DESCRIPTION: For the start of the season, a bouquet of beautiful, delicious, and fast-growing lettuces selected especially for growth in cool spring soil an...

Sugarloaf Chicory

Like a giant romaine, except more glossy, with an indescribable sweet/bitter flavor. Chicory is a dependable salad and cooking green where there is frost-sta...
  • When to plant: 1/8
  • Days to maturity: 52-83
  • Seeds per packet: 200
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Welsh (Scallions) Onion

Perennial in all zones. Native of Siberia. Likes deeply-dug, rich loam; keep watered and weeded until established. This is a perennial bunching onion, which ...
  • Spacing: 1-3
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Seeds per packet: 150

White Spear (Scallions) Onion

This has been the best "green onion" at our research gardens, with great vigor and dependability, combined with long white shafts, strong tops, and dry weath...
  • Days to maturity: 60-110
  • Seeds per packet: 150
  • Seed code: C

Winter Garden: How

Winter survival depends on more than just cold: excess dryness, alternating high and low temperatures, and saturated soil will all kill plants that might have survived the cold. Here is a simple checklist for winter survival:Choose the right varie...

Winter Garden: Where and When

Siting the Winter Garden It is important to site your winter garden in a place best for the plants, but even more important that it be where you will remember to use it. Try to find a good place close to the door so you can check your pla...