Zone Five Gardening: 44 Crops You Can Grow

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Are you struggling to understand which fruits and vegetables grow best in your particular planting zone?

You’ve come to the right place because I’m going to share with you which plants do best if you live in planting zone five.

I’m also going to share with you a vital zone five gardening tip for success. If you’re curious to see what your garden could look like this year, come along.

Here’s what you should know and which crops should thrive in planting zone five:

Zone Five Gardening Tips

When considering planting a garden in planting zone five, the most important tip is to watch your frost dates.

Your whole garden will hinge on when the last frost is as to when you should plant, but you’ll also need to know when the first frost begins as to when you should have your garden fully harvested.

If you’d like to start some heartier crops earlier, consider using a greenhouse or a cold frame to keep the frost from the crops.

This won’t work for every vegetable but for sturdier cool-weather crops, you can use this method to extend your growing season.

You can do the same thing at the end of the growing season for sturdier vegetables as well.

What to Plant in Zone Five

You have a variety of plants which grow well in zone five. Here are the fruits and vegetable which should thrive in your garden:

1. Asparagus

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We have a ton of asparagus in our garden. It’s a wonderful crop to grow because it’ll return year after year. You can grow it in beds or along fences.

Because it’s a perennial, be sure you plant it where it has room to spread and grow stronger for years to come.

2. Beets

Beets are one of my husband’s favorite vegetables. If you know how to grow and can them properly, anyone who enjoys pickled beets will be glad you put in the effort.

They prefer cold weather and because they’re a root vegetable they stay well insulated by the soil around them.

3. Broccoli

Broccoli is a cool weather crop and can be planted after the threat of frost has passed. It’s a great idea to grow your own broccoli.

However, be advised you may have to plant a large amount because each plant doesn’t produce a large harvest as some other plants would.

4. Brussels Sprouts

Many people turn their noses up at Brussels sprouts because many people overcook them. If you cook them for the appropriate amount of time, they’re pretty good.

If you’d like to have tiny cabbages in your garden, consider growing Brussels sprouts. Be sure you don’t overcook your harvest and try sautéing them in a mustard sauce. It’s delicious!

5. Cabbage

We eat a ton of cabbage around our house. It’s a delicious vegetable, very versatile, and easy to grow too.

It handles cold weather well too. In fact, I’ve had better luck with cabbage in colder temperatures than warm because the cold keeps the bugs away.

6. Carrots


I love to grow carrots. Many people will plant them in their garden, but I prefer to grow them in a container garden because it’s easy to loosen the soil.

Carrots do well in cold temperatures. In fact, the cooler the temperatures, the sweeter the carrots turn out.

7. Cauliflower

If you can grow broccoli, you can also grow cauliflower. There are many similarities between the two vegetables.

Plus, they complement each other well in a vegetable medley. Cauliflower loves cooler temperatures too. If it becomes too warm, the cauliflower heads will become discolored.

8. Kale

Kale is considered a superfood because it’s high in vitamins and nutrients. Whether you like it in a salad or in a green smoothie, you should attempt to grow it.

It does well in cool weather, which makes it a great option for some of the first crops to plant in your garden. You can even make healthy kale chips from the harvest.

9. Kohlrabi




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