What are the best vegetables to grow during the autumn and winter?

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Spinach is a wonderful and bountiful autumn crop.Click To Enlarge

Spinach is a wonderful and bountiful autumn crop.

During the autumn and winter months, it is easy to neglect your garden and outdoor space, both in terms of its maintenance and the cultivation of plants and vegetables. This is mainly the result of ignorance, as there are numerous misconceptions which suggest that processes such as landscaping and cultivation should be reserved for the summer.

We have decided to buck these trends this autumn, however, by redesigning our garden space and creating a viable cultivation schedule for the colder months. After liaising with landscaping firm Beauscape to reorganise the space and create a suitable layout for cultivating vegetables, we decided to collate some information online to determine which produce was best suited to the demands of the season.

Which Vegetables should you grow during the autumn and winter?

This information enabled us to select the best and most suitable vegetables for the autumn and winter seasons, with a view to having these bloom during the spring. Here are some of the best options: -

Onions and Shallots

As a starting point, it is worth noting that the vast majority of winter vegetables are unable to cope with the demands of winter. Hard frost can be particularly damaging, so it is important to focus on those that can be planted or sown directly outdoors. Take onions and shallots, for example, which are relatively easy to grow and offer an extremely low-maintenance cultivation option. Autumn planting sets have a particularly long growing season, meaning that they should be ready for harvesting by the start of the summer. While shallots are little more niche, the 'Echalote Grise' is an especially popular variety that offers an intense and enjoyable flavour.

Perpetual Spinach

I have always been raised on the 'cut and come again' school of cultivation, which dictates the planting of crops that continue to yield over the course of a season. Perpetual spinach is the ideal example for the autumn, as it is likely to produce huge yields of tasty and organic leaves when planted at the beginning of November. As young leaves grow through the winter and deliver regular harvests into the early months of summer, you will be able to achieve a huge bounty with minimal effort. As a note of caution, be sure to remove any flowers that may prevent the crop running to seed.

Broad Beans

Some autumn crops offer a relatively quick turnaround and yield, with those sewn in November likely to harvest at least one month sooner than those planted in spring. If you are in the market for a particularly suitable broad bean variety, we found that the 'Aquadulce Claudia' is one of the best and quickest to deliver a yield. As plants grow, you can even use the tips to add an added taste dimension to your dishes. Given that broad beans are something of an underrated delicacy, this is the ideal way to add depth to your crops and create diverse, organic meal plans.









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