Leeks, Kale, and other cold weather veggies
I get to have a vegetable garden this year! Now I can find out how gardening in Colorado really differs from gardening elsewhere.
Among other things, I am interested in cold-hardy vegetables such as leeks and kale. Does anyone here have specific recommendations about varieties that are cold-tolerant enough to survive Colorado winters? Do you harvest the leeks in late fall? Toss some mulch over them and keep them going all winter? Let them freeze but use them for a while in the spring before they bolt? The same for kale -- does any of it overwinter here? Or survive then resprout in the spring?
Some of the seed catalogs I'm getting claim that they are over-wintering kale and other cold-hardy veggies in Maine. Maine's winters are cold, but I don't know if they get quite as cold as we do here. Also, they don't usually have the big swings in temps that we do, nor the extended dry weather and inconsistent snow cover.
Any other veggies that have a good shot at being usable through the winter in the garden? I don't know if I'll try a cold-frame as a season extender, or if it would make enough of a difference. I will also grow some things that will get stored inside over winter, such as potatoes.
I know we discuss winter-sowing on this forum. Should I look for any particular threads, forums, or websites as being good introductions to the topic? I might as well try it, right?