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Hi,
Am I too late to be planting winter veg plants? I've been trying to find some at my local garden centres without success, I'd thought about looking online however I'm only after a small number and with delivery charges it wouldn't really be cost effective, many thanks

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,019
    Try sowing your own.   Plenty to sow for autumn and winter harvest and, if you can keep the little foil packs sealed as much as possible and store them in a cool, dry place, the seeds you don't use will keep.

    Look at cabbages, Swiss chard, Chinese greens, turnips, radishes, salad mixes.   You'll probably find some of these as plugs in a good GC or DIY store if you can't or won't sow seeds yourself.   
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,512
    Probably too late to sow brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower that have a long growing season, but some good suggestions from Obelixx. Kohl Rabi you can also sow now and Spinach in September when the weather cools a bit.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • many thanks for your replies, I was a bit concerned that it may be a little late to be sowing seeds but quite happy to give it a go
  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 206
    try broad beans and peas too
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,019
    Plugs will have a head start and if carefully cultivated, fed, watered and sheltered when necessary will produce a crop of edibles, just not on the scale of th especimens in supermarkets.

    If you sow cabbages now, especially the Chinese ones, you'll get an edible crop for stir frying in a few weeks.   It's a bit late for sowing winter greens and maybe purple sprouting broccoli but, if you can give some protection with a net for butterflies and fleece or plastic tent to mimic a polytunnel it's worth having a go and you should get a crop to take you thru the hungry gap early next spring. 

    Beetroot is also worth a go if you have good soil so they can grow fast.  Baby beets are very tasty in salads or baked with garlic and the young leaves are really good sauteed with a bit of butter or just in salads.  Turnips too.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    I will be sowing spring greens seeds at the end of this month,  I will plant them out in the GH after the tomatoes have finished, and will be pickling leaves through the winter. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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