Starting a Winter Garden NOW

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Starting a winter garden NOW couldn’t be a better time with the Coronavirus in full swing along with extra time at home!

Here is a basic guideline to what to plant now for winter and when to expect your harvest rewards… happy gardening x

What to plant NOW:

  • Baby spinach, radish, mustard leaf, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, Asian greens, snap peas, green peas, broad beans, Swiss chard, turnips, carrots, beetroot, spring onions, onions, leeks, garlic, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, rocket and celery.

    Quick growing  2-7 days
  • Sprouting is the quickest source of fresh food.
  • Shelled sunflower seeds are the quickest to sprout within 24 – 48 hours.
  • All other sprouting seeds take 3 – 6 days to sprout.
  • Sprouts can be stored fresh in the fridge for 5 – 7 days.

    Quick to Medium term growing 10 – 14 days
  • Microgreens are the next quickest to grow.
  • They are densely grown sprouting seeds and are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

    Medium term growing 30 – 60 days
  • Winter cool seasonal veg can only be grown now and below are the options…
  • Baby spinach 30 – 45 days
  • Radish 30 – 45 days
  • Mustard greens 30 – 60 days
  • Rocket 30 – 60 days
  • Lettuce 45 – 60 days
  • Chinese cabbage 45 – 60 days
  • Asian greens ( tatsoi, pak choi etc. ) 45 – 60 days
  • Snap peas / mangetout 45 – 60 days

    Medium to long term growing 60 – 90 days
  • We will be in the middle of winter by now, so you should be able to harvest more variety now from your garden.
  • Swiss chard 60 – 90 days
  • Turnips 60 – 90 days
  • Spring onions 60 – 90 days
  • Cabbage 60 – 90 days
  • Baby carrots 60 – 90 days
  • Kale 60 – 90 days
  • Green peas 60 – 90 days
  • Quick stem broccoli 60 – 90 days
  • Leeks 60 – 90 days
  • Celery 60 – 90 days

    Long term growing 90 – 120 days
  • These are the cold loving long growing winter crops, but so worth the wait!
  • Carrots
  • Beetroot
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Broad beans
  • Garlic