You might think your garden is done for the year, and that there’s not much that can withstand the harsh icy cold of the upcoming winter. But actually, there’s plenty you can still grow! It might not be as easy as in the spring or the summer when the warmer weather causes everything to burst into bloom. But your growing season doesn’t need to end just because it has cooled down outside. With a little know how you can yield some fantastic crops, both now and ready for the spring.
Many flowers are delicate and don’t tolerate cold temperatures. But you’d be surprised at just how many that do. There are lots of winter blooming plants that will brighten up your beds, pots and hanging baskets. This is especially nice in winter when everything else has died off, as it brings in colour and interest to your outside space. Add some evergreens too for a gorgeous looking garden all year around. As your winter flowering plants start dying off around March time, your early spring plants will just be coming up. Find the right balance and your garden will bloom all year perfectly with no additional effort from you.
Onions, shallots, garlic, perpetual spinach, broad beans and peas can all be sown in the winter. Come spring you’ll have a great early harvest, and they’re hardy enough to withstand the cold winter weather over the next few months.
Vegetables- In The Greenhouse
Winter salads are something you can really make use of in the greenhouse over the colder months. Wooden greenhouses can be a good addition to the garden whether you’re an amateur gardener or have been doing it for years. Aesthetically they blend in well to the garden, and allow you to stretch the growing season to right through the year. Starting salad leaves like lettuce, chicory, rocket, cress and chard in around September as seedlings in the greenhouse will give you an awesome crop to use over the winter. You can also start off your carrots in the greenhouse ready to be harvested in spring.
There are lots of herbs that thrive indoors, and that you can grow successfully in your kitchen all the way through the winter. No need to resort to dried varieties or shell out on expensive fresh herbs from your supermarket until the spring. Chives, mint, basil, rosemary, and thyme, are just a few that you could go for. You can also grow basil and parsley indoors over winter, although these are a little more difficult to get going and look after. When you want to grow herbs indoors, it’s best to not buy plants that have been started off growing outside. The shock of bringing them in can cause them to die off. You won’t get quite as much growth over the winter since this is the resting phase for most plants, but stay patient, and you can still do well with your results.
Have you had any success of growing flowers, vegetables or herbs over the coldest months?