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    Falkirk Bairn is offline Seedling
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    Default Winter & Spring harvests

    Hi,

    Have you guys any suggestions as to what I could plant mid-late summer/ or autumn that I can harvest over winter and into spring?

    Only ever planted for summer crops.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Im a total newbie to this but Ive bought leeks, brussel sprouts, cabbages and kale to see me through winter. You could also try cauliflower, broccoli and (lettuce in a warm greenhouse.)
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    Now addicted to overwintered veg!

    Brussels, kale, sprouting brocoli all are winter hardy. And you can plant broad beans and peas if you get the right varieties - a 1land polytunnel is a great help here.

    There is a special winter variety of Little Gem which I have had success with, plus I grew "corn lettuce" last year which spent all winter outside and is still going strong.

    And don't worry if your overwintering peas/beans get frosted (or snowed!) and wilt - at least some will come back!

    And be prepared to hate kale by the time you decide to dig up the remaining plants, as it just doesn't stop growing!

    Have fun
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    And I forgot cauliflower and cabbage, both of which are planted in the summer and then give you a crop the following year.

    First year of cauli for me, so not really sure how successful I've been -but I want to make piccalili so I need cauli!!!!
    If the river hasn't reached the top of your step, DON'T PANIC!

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    I just wanted to say well done for thinking about winter veg now, rather than in September

    I've been picking:
    - chard
    - carrots
    - lettuce (Rusty, Winter Gem)
    - beet leaves (just started growing again)
    - Cavolo Nero black kale
    - curly kale (green & purple)
    - cabbages (Rodima & January King)
    - PSB
    - romanesco
    - leeks
    - spring onions

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Falkirk Bairn is offline Seedling
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    First year with a real garden, lol, only ever planted containers for summer harvest. Trying to figure out what room I will have and what seeds to ge, so thank you all for your suggestions

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    Surprised no one has mentioned spring cabbage. I eat mine as spring greens to thin it out (I plant very close together). I usually get about 50 plants in 4 square yards.

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    In our allotment we're picking swedes, parsnips. black kale, lettuce that has seeded itself and, best of all, I'm going to pick my first Maystar cauliflower tomorrow. They always amaze me. By February they look falf dead and battered by the elements but come April/May they give the most marvellous cauliflowers.

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