HOW TO: BEGINNER’S WINTER VEGETABLE PATCH

BEGINNER'S WINTER VEGETABLE PATCH

For a garden crop through Winter + into Spring

I’m lucky enough to have a garden + this year was my first foray into growing vegetables, keeping it simple with courgettes, green beans + tomatoes. I was able to grow enough vegetables to feed me + my son (just missing potatoes + carrots, which I will try next year), with more courgettes than I knew what to do with (they ended up in salads, cakes, risottos, “courgetti”, fritters, you name it). I want to keep this cost-effective + satisfying process going through the winter. It’s also great for my son to get to run into the garden to pick vegetables + see them go into his food. As well as being thankful for a garden, I’m also thankful to my brother, who bought me the materials to make a raised wooden garden bed. Having assembled the bed, I’m ready to get a permanent vegetable patch established.

Materials
Wooden bed beams + screws
Compost
Seeds
Markers (so I can remember what I have planted where)
Garden mesh (for the peas to grow up)

The bed was very easy to assemble, all I needed was a drill + it only took me about half an hour to assemble. It will take a lot of compost to fill + I will need to start composting for future years (blog post to follow). I’ve cut the garden mesh to size + tied it with wire to vine eyes along the fence panels.

Vegetables
In choosing what vegetables were suitable for my patch, I had the following criteria:

  • Must be winter hardy + suitable for late sowing
  • Must be able to direct sow into the patch (I don’t have the inclination/patience to start seeds off in seed trays)

I followed Thompson + Morgan’s guidance on Top 10 vegetables to grow over winter + chose spring onions (Winter Lisbon), perpetual spinach + peas (Kelvedon Wonder). I found some cheap seeds at SimplySeed so even if they don’t take (it’s a bit late for planting out now) I haven’t lost out too much!

HOW TO: BEGINNER’S WINTER VEGETABLE PATCH

I’ll keep you posted on how the seeds get on + what recipes the produce ends up in. Let me know what winter vegetables you’re growing + any other tips for beginners!

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