Saturday, 25 August 2012

Winter Gardening

Winter Gardening is such a mis-leading name as it conjures up visions of lush green veggies growing throughout the garden in winter ...

Which is not how it actually works..

So... Winter gardening is actually planting/growing in summer to harvest during fall or winter, or even next spring...

Delilah and I picking carrots in end November/early December

Here's what I mean...

MARCH
Start in flats or pots and plant out in May or June for harvest in fall and winter, and next spring...
- Leeks!

JUNE
Start in pots or flats in June to plant out in August (or buy transplants in August and plant) to harvest in early spring next year...
- Broccoli raab
- Onions

Direct seed in garden to harvest in fall...
- Broccoli
- Brussel sprouts
- Cauliflower
- Cabbage
- Parsnips

JULY
Start in pots of flats to plant out in August to harvest throughout winter...
- Cauliflower
- Cabbage
- Kohlrabi
- Kale

Plant seeds, to harvest in fall
- Broccoli
- Kohlrabi
- kale

AUGUST
Plant transplants (seedlings) of to harvest throughout the winter months ...
- Broccoli raab
- Cauliflower
- Brussel sprouts
- Kale

Plant seeds of these veggies to harvest throughout the winter ...
- Carrots
- Beets
- Lettuces (grow under cover)
- Spinach (grow under cover)
- Radishes (fall and early winter)
- Scallions

Grow from seed to harvest in spring or early summer next year!
- Onions
- Turnips/swedes/kohlrabi/rutabaga
- Shallots

SEPTEMBER
Plant out transplants of these to harvest in spring next year.
- Cauliflower
- Onions

From seed to be harvested all fall and early winter.
- Radishes

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
- Plant out garlic to harvest in July next year.



Garlic growing in February, you can just see the tips ... (parsley on the side)
 
Garlic in June, a few weeks before harvest.