• kathrynk wrote a new post, planting vegs 7 years, 9 months ago

    I’m getting my winter veg garden ready, but am going to be away for July & August. Any suggestions on the best vegs to plant that will be ready from late August on?

    • Hi Kathryn

      You could try broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, endive, turnips and swedes?

    • Also late broad beans (would be ready in October), onions, garlic, shallots, rhubarb. I’ve also planted some year-round carrots, but I don’t know how much care they’d need while you’re away.

      If you are planning on having a citrus tree or berry bushes, I’ve been told to buy these from the June long weekend onwards – it’s a great time to plant them while they’re dormant (just make sure to cover the trees with a frost cloth / cloche while they’re still young to protect them from our frost & get earlier fruit!).

    • Hi Kathryn
      Growing has really slowed down in the garden now, and these frosts will slow it down more.
      If you are growing in an open garden, you could try broad beans, peas, onions, shallots, spinach and coriander.
      If you have a greenhouse, polytunnel or similar, you might be able to try a broader range of vegies – although I’m finding that even the broccoli seedlings in my ’mini-glasshouses’ (milk bottles with the bottoms cut out) aren’t growing very much – they haven’t moved in 2 weeks. Part of the problem is that the days are so short and the sunlight so weak at the moment.
      I wouldn’t plant out any citrus until it’s much warmer.
      In the meantime, you could plant a crop of green manure that will be ready to turn in to become fertiliser & soil conditioner for your spring plantings…