As summer crops are harvested and cleared the time has arrived for planning and ordering vegetables to grow and harvest over the winter months. These plants need to be ordered by early September and will be delivered later the same month, by which time you’ll no doubt have plenty of space.
Like them or hate them we all need to have some Brussels sprouts for Christmas Day at least. For something a little different how about trying Flowersprouts? These vigorous plants produce an open sprout with a sweet nutty taste, similar to kale and can be harvested from October through to March.
Kale is another winter staple. Working well as a cut-and-come-again crop kale is a tough plant with good cold tolerance. Visit our blog for more information about this useful and oh so tasty crop.
The humble cabbage is an under-rated veg but deserves a place in any winter veg garden. No, it doesn’t need to be boiled to oblivion but can be shredded and stir-fried, braised in chunks in a lovely stock or stirred through mashed potato in true Irish style.
Cauliflower, leeks and broccoli will also grow well through winter if planted during the autumn and will keep you in fresh greens to enjoy alongside those winter stews, pies and roasts.
Sometimes winter food can be just too heavy and a salad is what you crave. Lettuce Winter Density will provide you with tightly folded heads to be enjoyed throughout winter and to accompany them try growing Beetroot Rainbow Mix. On a salad day you can enjoy the beetroot grated raw. On a more wintery day you can roast the beetroot or thinly slice the globes and turn them into colourful oven cooked crisps!
Autumn is also the time to plant if you want to be harvesting early next year. Broad Beans De Monica and Aquadulce Claudia will mature early producing heavy crops of long, well-filled pods. Another benefit to over-wintering broad beans is that the plants are less likely to succumb to black fly.
So, we may still be enjoying the late summer but only by planning ahead and ordering now will your vegetable patch be producing food this coming winter.