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    Default winter veg in a polytunnel?

    I've said I'llgrow somewinter veg for the person whose polytunnelI'm borrowing.
    I know brassicas don't go for heat much, but is there a way to grow cabbages/psb, etc,leeks in there that I'm missing?

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    I wouldn't only grow them undercover as they do well outside but what i did was transplant at the end of the season. A few kale plants, cabbages,carrots (pulled out during the winter, about 20 leeks, spinach and a few left over overwintering onion sets.

    Grow the winter crops outside as normal but like me a few extra plants in the PT were useful as they were protected from the worst weather and were ready slightly earlier.

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    Personally I wouldn't waste the space on them, as they do so well outside.

    Save the polytunnel for the more tender crops

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    I'm intending to grow some summer cabbages / cauli in the polytunnel next spring. Apparently (and I'm not convinced to be honest) you can sow in Jan and get a crop out the way before the summer stuff goes in. Over winter, I'm intending on a fair bit of salad and leafy greens stuff to supplement the brassicas which will be mainly outside.

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    I disagree that brassicas are a waste of time in polytunnel or greenhouse, OVER WINTER. My main greenhouse is full of Spring Hero (ball headed) and Durham Early (Pointy) Spring cabbage at the Mo. They are streets ahead of the ones outdoors and should give me a succession.
    At the end of the tomato season the flower bucket that I grow my toms in were emptied out, the old tomato roots slung out and the soil/compost replaced in bucket. Each one had a single cabbage plant set in it and with the little bit of sunshine and the lengthening days we've had lately, they have romped away.
    Because they are in containers they can be turfed out if you need the room at any time. Because they are protected from the elements and the pigeons they make wonderful stong plants.

    Can deffo recommend brassicas as a way of getting some use from a polytunnel or greenhouse over winter. I'll take a piccie next time I'm there and I'm sure you'll be impressed.
    Anyway, what else can you overwinter in a polytunnel that is so obliging?
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    That's sort of what I was hoping could happen.

    I have to grow them in there, because he lives right by his tunnel. I could grow them in the other growing space I have, but then I'd have to pick and take them to him, and he can't go and get them himself. There's no outside space to grow them where he is because he lives on a farm, all the space is given over to crops/animals etc.I'll be struggling to find somewhere to put some runner beans for him.

    Leeks and any kind of onion seem to be a favourite, those are no problem, I'll just seed bed them and pick and transplant at the end of the summer,or heel them in or something.

    Ok, so to cabbages etc. What sort of size pot do you reckon for winter cabbage? And how many weeks-ish were the cabbages you put in them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taff View Post
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    Ok, so to cabbages etc. What sort of size pot do you reckon for winter cabbage? And how many weeks-ish were the cabbages you put in them?
    Pay attention taff! Morrisons flower buckets that I had my toms in are fine. (approx 10 inch pot?) I planted out my July/August sown Spring cabbage at the same time.Soon as toms out, brassicas go in, plants were about a month old!
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    Yeah,I definitely deserve a "doh!" for that one

    Can you transplant winter cabbages grown in buckets?

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