As the clocks go back at the end of this month, and night time falls a little earlier, many grow your own gardeners believe that there’s not much that they can actually grow now and prefer to cover their beds until the spring months the following year. But there are still crops that can be grown and sown now and harvested during these lean winter months.
With a little future planning in the spring and summer months, plants such as kale, winter cabbage, winter lettuces, radishes, turnips and even potatoes could all be started, ready for harvesting during the winter months. You can also get a healthy supply of selected fresh herbs. Some examples of what I have growing at the allotment at the moment are shown in the pictures that follow.
One main consideration of growing plants during the winter months is to ensure that they have adequate protection. This can easily be achieved by covering with a variety of cloches or fleece; even a layer of bubblewrap would suffice!
There are bulbs and seeds that can be sown directly in the ground this month too. Examples of these are overwintering onions, shallots and garlic as well as hardy peas and broad beans.
Some of the most winter hardy vegetables are listed below
So lets not put our beds to bed just yet this winter. Lets find ways to tuck up a good selection of veg, underneath fleecy protection to see us through the lean months that lay ahead.