What survives a killing frost?
Alas, my tomatoes and lettuce are no more. The jalapenos are withered, the zinnias dead.
A killing frost is rather hard on your garden, but some plants just keep on truckin', despite temps that dip a bit below the frost line. Here are some of my late fall/early winter favorites
Snow peas. I love this variety since not only are the peas edible, so are the pods - and the leaves. Other kinds are great for canning. Just make sure you get them in the ground as soon as things cool off in the fall. Hint: peas love twine for trellising.
Cruciferous vegetables: Cabbage, broccoili, kale, brussel sprouts, collard greens...it's a long list. Right now I have megaton cabbage and larks tongue kale out there. Frost? They laugh at it. Bring it on!
Cabbage has more viatmin C than oranges
Parsnips: Despite their strong taste, give this relative of the carrot a try. Parsnips NEED cold weather. Here in the Carolinas you sow them in November and harvest them in February.