Unusual overwintering

Last year I planted some spring onion seeds in autumn, the plants looked miserable come January,but come March I had a lovely early crop of healthy plants. So I am doing the same this year.

Are there any other plants that can be overwintered in this manner? I can think of garlic and broad beans. What about carrots? Yes I assume it's too late now.

Alternatively how can I get an early crop next year without a greenhouse? I planted carrot seeds in a pot early last year, but that only got me a few weeks head start if that compared to seed in soil at the normal time. Clearly they did not germinate much earlier due to the cold. What about planting in a pot indoors e.g. in a porch, and then putting them out once they germinate? I presume this might get a month head start?

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