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Growing winter vegetables
Tue 27-Oct-09
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Is anyone growing vegetables this winter?

We are growing some veggies

in the borders (unprotected)

under cloches in the borders

in large kitchen garden pots with bell cloches out doors

in the greenhouse

in the cold frame

You can see pictures of our plot and details of what we are growing here

I've grown broad beans and sprouting broccoli over the winter before but never such a large range of vegetables as this year. Any tips and tricks would be appreciated Laugh

Mon 17-Oct-11
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I would like some advice also- have planted potatoes which I expected to be ready around december as they were planted late, but have grown like the clappers due to the warm wether we had earler this month/late September- how owuld i protect the grwth against frosts- I have already earthed them up in a large mound- but they have really outgrown the mound by a fair margin.

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Mon 17-Oct-11
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would love some advice too as have never grown winter veg before but would like to make more of the veggie garden and lessen the load on my purse!

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Mon 17-Oct-11
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sorry about the spelling in last post- had to rush as the dog was trying to eat my lunch- did not check before posting.

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Mon 17-Oct-11
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have you tried replanting the new potato plants after harvest , they often second crop this year theyre better than the first crop...lol

Mon 17-Oct-11
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We have also "Twinkle" peas growing- going to harvest some pea sticks later, although the label says they are self supporting- which seems to be the case as they are linking up with each others tendrils. Broad and dwarf french beans are just starting to make an appearnce, leaks and chives are doing OK, and the broccoli, under mesh cloches seem to be thriving. I think the same will be tue as for the potatoes- may need extra protection when it gets frosty- any thoughts anyone?.

 

Oh by the way- we eat all the container grown potato harvest- to good to replant.

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Mon 17-Oct-11
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I've never had any luck with winter veg, too many pests in competition to eat them, and dark evenings! Am a fair weather gardener... but I wish that I could!

Mon 17-Oct-11
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Can you not get some straw to protect your potatoes or even a bit of garden fleece as that protects down to -5C, or at least some do.cheers

I have planted mustard greens and replanted kale and swiss chard into our greenhouse, but we have temperatures down to -20C regularly over the winter.We had the above and broccoli in our greenhouse, which were quite happy until hubby left the door open when taking out a car we had stored in there and it was -12C outside - instant freeze!

Mon 17-Oct-11
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Have never really bothered with overwinter veg growing as the days are short, the battle against weather and damp are constant, however, now I have the polytunnel, I'm considering it, but the past two winters have been pretty extreme and even the polytunnel didn't really hold up to it.

Tue 18-Oct-11
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Husband's just put some spuds in, to see what happens with them, but that's about the extent of our winter growing of veg so far.  He's considering garlic and Japanese onions though.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Tue 18-Oct-11
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The Liquineer said:

I would like some advice also- have planted potatoes which I expected to be ready around december as they were planted late, but have grown like the clappers due to the warm wether we had earler this month/late September- how owuld i protect the grwth against frosts- I have already earthed them up in a large mound- but they have really outgrown the mound by a fair margin.

 

I planted some potatoes in August (er last days of the month) and like you found that the warm weather made them come on very quickly. Now, I have covered them with fleece and they seem to be thriving. I've also read that you can protect them by putting newspaper over the ground.

Good luck and hope you get a nice crop!

Tue 18-Oct-11
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Just been out and "fleeced" the potatoes- although it was not over cold last night, the taller stems are sagging a bit- so they are under cover now. We expect either tonight or tomorrow night that ground frost will appear for the first time for us this Autumn, so will keep my fingers crossed that the fleece does its job.

Also laid a layer over the emerging broad and dwarf bean seedlings as well.

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Tue 18-Oct-11
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Don't know if we have had any ground frost yet - must have done, in which case the fleece does seem to protect the plants. Last winter, it even protected my cauliflowers up to a point against the snow. Lost them in the end but I guess that was inevitable with such severely low temperatures.

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Although it was very cold here in Sunny Suffolk last winter we did not have to many problems with heavy snow- it did snow now and then, and we had to dig out the drive/roadway, but was OK to get out and about.

Always got snow when I lived in Perth and Kinross. The only unknown was how much, so we were better prepared there- here it is hit and miss- sometimes very mild sometimes very cold.

 

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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i love this time of year ive had to wait for it to get light so i can go down the garden for stew veg, its to dark to get it when i get home in the evening. chard carrots and turnips

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