After the 2009 autumn harvest nothing but bare earth was left in the veg beds, basically I didn’t plan that particular growing season very well. Apart from being bored from lack of things to do, I was disappointed that the vegetable garden was not being given the chance to be used to its full potential.
This year I have attempted to extend the growing season by growing crops that can be left in the ground during the winter months until needed, such as Leek and Parsnip. I will also try autumn /winter sowing of peas, autumn sowing of Broad Beans as well as overwintering onions and garlic. I have never used mini polytunnels to grow more tender crops during the colder months, perhaps this is something I could also try? Any ideas?
So, what will be grown in the garden smallholding to hopefully see me through the winter months of gloom?
Leeks. Ready for use now but I shall resist the urge to gobble them all up in one swoop.
Parsnips. Probably big enough to lift now but I want them to get a frosting to sweeten. They shall be left in the ground till needed.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli? No, I don’t because my first attempt was a disaster and I was too lazy to sow again on time, gaaaah!
Overwintering onions. Sets, all ready to be planted.
Peas. Autumn/winter sowing variety, never grown these before so I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Broad Bean. I have never done an autumn sowing of Broad Bean before, normally I opt for early spring. I’m not a fan of Broad Beans usually but hey if there is a sniff of an extra early season crop then it’s got to be worth a bash.
Garlic. I plan to plant garlic towards the end of October.
Swede. Disaster. I did not give them enough room and powdery mildew claimed the lot. I shall put this one down as experience.
What are you currently growing or plan to grow for winter and early spring crops?