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how do i grow summer veg that is ment to bee harvested in winter




  • Iam in the same predicament but I have Two Trough Raised Beds And do not Know What Will be hardy  and will I be Troubled with frost with this type of raised bed If I find out eney thing that might help   (I stay North East Scotland Dundee)

    Best of luck

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,872

    I've got winter lettuce growing in a raised bed - you're a little late to sow now but you might be lucky, especially if you put up some sort of cloche

    I also grow Swiss Chard sown in the autumn - I sow mine in September for harvesting throughout the winter - again you're a little late but you might get a crop if the soil is still warm enough for germination.

    Also now is the time to sow Broad Beans Aquadulce Claudia, which will grow through the winter and give you an early crop next spring (May -ish)

    Otherwise, if you wanted to grow brassicas for harvesting in the winter (cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts etc) you needed to really plan ahead and sow the seeds in the spring, grow them through the summer, plant them into their final positions in the early autumn.  Or you could have bought some plants ready to plant out in the autumn - there might still be some in the garden centres - why not pop along and see if they've got any left ?

    Otherwise a really good way for gardeners to pass the time in the winter is to settle down on the sofa with seed catalogues and a piece of paper (or computer) and draw up a plan of what you're going to grow next year, how much room each variety will take up, what you can plant in it's place when you've harvested it etc - that sort of planning can take up a lot of time.

    Good luck with your gardening image

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  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Brassicas usually the main winter crop, as DFA has suggested. Kale Is especally resilient (was going to say tough, but that doesn't make it sound very appetising.) leeks are anothr thought for next year. Oriental greens, especially mustard, will do well, but do get hotter and spicier the older they get! The red mustards especially can look very decorative. But you are a bit late to start from seed now, so having a look in garden centres/ markets for plug plants would be a good idea. Or you could plant violas to flower through the winter, wouldn't recommend wallflowers in veg patch because of potential problems with club root. Or you might want to look at green manures to grow over winter and dig in next spring.
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