With a cold freeze upon us it's time to forget the tender plants of spring and summer and face the facts that only some of the leafier green plants such as lettuce and cabbage and our friendly root vegetables like carrots and radishes can stand the upcoming weather.
One of the more popular but less remembered for the garden is the snow pea, a quick and nutritious vegetable found in health food stores and Chinese cuisine. It can be eaten either in a salad, in a stir fry, or all by itself either raw, steamed, or sautéed.
The onion family is also a star this time of year with green onions still staying green and chives popping up and even possibly flowering if the weather warms up for a few days.
For the flower lovers the pansy, although it can't stand the heat is a staple for landscapers in the winter months.