Growing winter crops

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Growing winter crops

Postby jillychick » 25 Jul 2013, 15:03

we have taken on an allotment this year and have spent the last few months clearing the ground ready to plant? I am looking for crops that I can grow through the autumn / winter months either from seed or young plants any ideas? thanks
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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby drfish » 25 Jul 2013, 16:12

Most root vegetables will do well during winter, you just won't get as much, as big veg from it.

Several strains of greens will also grow, but not sure myself.

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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby crazypianolady » 25 Jul 2013, 17:28

You can also overwinter onions and broad beans. :)
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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby Gilly C » 26 Jul 2013, 08:09

if you can find some leek plants and some brassicas and get them in now + onions and broadbeans a bit later on, not too late to get some salad crops in if you are quick
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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby jillychick » 26 Jul 2013, 16:24

wow thanks all.will get started on the salad crops and look for some onions etc. root veg sounds good many thanks
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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby laffinfowl » 26 Jul 2013, 19:14

Kale is another good crop for the Winter,even if you don,t eat it yourself makes good greens for the birds.
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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby iwilson » 27 Jul 2013, 20:10

lot's of useful easy to find information here ....
http://www.thompson-morgan.com/gardening-information
I often use it for when I am wondering something :)
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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby organic chick » 16 Sep 2013, 21:42

We grow all those things recommended above including Russian Kale. Do try this recipe for a most wonderful Kale and mushroom lasagne. http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/kal ... m-lasagne/

A friend also gave me a second hand copy of How to Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding. Looked it up and Amazon do it for £14.95 new. If you don't have a poly tunnel (we don't) invest in some fleece and cloches or drop hints around birthdays and Christmas.
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Re: Growing winter crops

Postby hedgerow pete » 16 Oct 2013, 23:10

kale, kale, kale is the way to go for the main stay of my greens, i also grow standard field beans which a shell dry and crack for the girls, i also grow when i can spare root crops but i hang those up for the girls to peck at, sweede is a favorite so is celerak as well
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