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    Default Winter crops... what to plant?

    What should i get going now for winter?

    I was thinking about some carrots, maybe some winter cabbage, Ideally i'd like something colourful as well. (i'm growing chard for that very reason)

    if people could reccomend some varieties i'd appreciate it.

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    Can you grow chard for winter? If so is it too late to sow for a winter crop?
    (sorry to hijack your thread)

    I would think you've time to get some kale going - not so much colourful but certainly very attractive leaves. Don't know what else - my thoughts are turning now to autumn sown crops for next year!
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    Hi,
    You can plant winter cabbages, purple sprouting, brussel sprouts as small plants - I've also sown some seed as back-up in the hope its not too late- carrots such as 'Autumn king', celeriac plants (these are really tasty and expensive to buy in supermarket), perpetual spinach (very hardy).
    There are lots more things you can grow if you can protect them, but I don't bother.
    You can still sow fennel that can be harvested right up to late autumn.
    Good luck!

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    Do you mean for eating in the winter or for having in the ground overwinter that will give eraly crops next year?

    For eating: Salads (I'll try to find variety tonight but there are a few - see GYO tips thread at top) - I know I had a lettuice last year that worked well and I am putting corn salad and land cress this eyar as well
    Brassicas - cabbage, cauliflower, purple sprouting brocolli, kale etc.
    Carrots and turnips
    Chard
    Christmas spuds if you can protect them

    For earlier/better spring crops:
    Broad beans (aquadulce claudia)
    Peas (meteor)
    Japanese onion sets
    Garlic
    Salads
    Brassicas

    I didn't know about the spinach so will be doing that
    I have heard as well that the more oriental greens prefer the coller weather - so things like Pak choi?

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    "oriental greens prefer the coller weather - so things like Pak choi?"

    I reckon Chinese Cabbage and Pak Choi are half hardy, and best sown in summer for later summer / early autumn harvest.

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    I'm planning on growing chard over winter, We don't like it but the chickens love it and it will be nice to be able to give them something fresh from the garden over winter. Do I class it as a brassica in my rotation?

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    I reckon you can stick Swiss Chard where you like, it hasn't got any significant recurring enemies that I know of

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