Winter vegetables to grow in your garden

Winter is generally portrayed as the season of no growth, the season of hibernation. Most people see growing anything in

Winter is generally portrayed as the season of no growth, the season of hibernation. Most people see growing anything in a garden during winter as a difficult, if not impossible, task. However, by taking some appropriate measures, growing vegetables should be a fun gardening project this winter.

What vegetables are classified as “winter vegetables”? Vegetables that grow below 20 degrees would be great to plant during winter. These include:

  • Spinach: Spinach is often at the top of most people’s planting lists. It is a quick growing winter vegetable that is easy to grow, and is highly nutritious and tasty.
  • Broad beans: Broad beans are a great source of  Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and have fibre and minerals as well. They grow in upright bushes in colder temperatures, and can be eaten as a whole pod when young, or by removing the seeds and boiling them.
  • Broccoli, cauliflowers, and Brussels sprouts: All of these vegetables are under the group of ‘Brassicas’ and grow well in moderate to low temperatures. They are a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, mineral salts and fibre.
  • Onions, garlic and shallots: These vegetables are often used as a natural immunity booster. They have a pungent flavour, and are rich in Vitamin C. Though these grow well in winter, they develop in response to day length – therefore correct sowing times are critical.
  • Peas: For many centuries peas were eaten only in their dried form but the fresh pea has a sweet, pleasant flavour. This legume grown in colder climates as a climber, or in dwarf varieties, and are highly nutritious, rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, mineral salts and fibre.

Some important things to remember while planting winter vegetables are:

Rotate your patch: If you’re already growing vegetables and other plants in a patch, this shouldn’t be a major problem, since it ends up creating a natural rotation pattern. If you’re new to the world of gardening however, remember to first prepare your patch of land well first, and then – once you’ve brought your vegetables successfully to term – plant something completely different. Seasonal plant changes is considered a natural way to do this.

Position: Plants, particularly vegetables, must have sun. However, in winter, they also need to be protected from harsh winds, so if you have a choice of where you’re planting your vegetables, choose a patch that has a wall and a source of water nearby, and also gets the sun for most of the day.

Do you have a garden? Are you growing any of these winter vegetables?