A lot of first time gardeners tend to assume that the winter season is not ideal for growth of crops. Even during the coldest months, there are hundreds of vegetables that you can sow. With the right amount of care, you can be assured of a bountiful harvest, come spring. Here is a list of 10 vegetables you can grow over winter.
Broad beans sown during the autumn season can be harvested quite often even a month earlier than spring sown plants. Super Aquadulce and Aquadulce Claudia (AGM) are high quality varieties of broad beans and are widely used for autumn sowing. Once they are plucked, even the tips of the plant can be used for recipes. They taste really good with wilted butter.
Spring onions are a common ingredient used in most modern day salad preparations. They grow quicker compared to other vegetables and you can expect a harvest in early spring if the seedlings are sown early during the winter season. White Lisbon is a popularly used variety of spring onion.
Shallots have always been a favorite with gardeners during the winter season. Echalote Grise, a variety of shallots can be used sowing.
Garlic traditionally has a long growing season, but is an important ingredient in the kitchen and well worth the wait. Moreover it is one of the easiest crops to grow and harvest. To get flavorful garlic, go for the Chesnok Red and the Solent Wight varieties.
There are many different versions of lettuce you can choose for your gardening work during the winter season. Certain types like the Meraviglia d’Inverno San Martino is a hardy variety while types like Winter Gem can be sown all through winter.
This is one vegetable that continues to grow in popularity and is a staple ingredient of many classic dishes. Widely used varieties are Reddy and Tetona and you will be rewarded with regular pickings for the most part of the winter season.
Meteor and Kelvedon Wonder are some of the most widely used pea varieties. They are very hardy and can be harvested even 30 days earlier compared to some of the other pea varieties. Sugarsnap peas are also a suitable alternative for their freshness of flavor.
If you have a lot of space in your garden, the asparagus is an ideal winter vegetable and quite often deserves its own garden bed. Popular varieties include Pacific Purple and Pacific 2000. One of the major drawbacks with asparagus is that it may take many years to provide a substantial amount of produce. Each crown of the asparagus will produce approximately 25 spears during the course of a year. But these crops will continue to harvest for an average of 20-25 years which makes great for gardeners looking for long term alternatives.
Carrots are used all through the year and hence can be used as winter crops as well. The Adelaide variety, in particular, matures quickly, and you can expect a harvest in as little as 7 months.
Pak Choi is a nutrient rich vegetable packed with iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and folic acid. The vegetable can be harvested throughout the winter and is regularly used in Asian recipes.