Growing Winter Vegetables
Don't let your vegetable plot stand empty and neglected over this Winter. There are lots of delicious Winter vegetables that can be grown during the Winter months, producing earlier crops than Spring plantings.
Most Winter vegetables can cope well in cold Winter weather and are full hardy. However, if hard frosts are forcast, you can cover them with fleece, to protect them.
Hardy vegetables can be planted or sown directly outdoors. Crops which need more protection, should be grown under polytunnels, cold frames, cloches or in the soil borders of an unheated greenhouse. Carrots, Winter salads and Pak Choi should be grown in this way.
Onions and Shallots
Onions are easy to grow and will look after themselves over the Winter months. They have a long growing season and won't be ready to harvest until next Summer, so be patient! Plan your vegetable patch now, as they will still be in the ground, when you start to plant other crops in Spring.
Garlic is another easy crop to grow, with lots of delicious varieties to choose from. Garlic also has a long growing season and won't be ready for harvest until next Summer.
Spring Onions are a hardy and fast growing crop. If you sow in Autumn, the harvest should be ready for early Spring, perfect for Winter salads.
Perpetual spinach produces a huge crop, that can be cut back and will grow again, for a second harvest. Sow in early Autumn and you should have a regular supply of young leaves through the Winter months. With regular harvesting, it will crop well into Summer.
Broad beans sown in Autumn can be harvested in the Spring, up to a month before any Spring sown plants.
Hardy varieties of peas, sown in the Autumn months, will provide a harvest 3 to 4 weeks earlier than Spring sown.
Please pop into Fillpots, to have a chat to the team about the Autumn vegetable seed varieties we have available and the various feeds that can help you to produce a healthy crop.