Now that summer is well and truly over, and hopes of an early-autumn heatwave dashed, it’s easy to forget about your garden until next year. However, after spending all of that time getting it ready for summer – it seems a shame to waste your beautiful space. Growing your own vegetables is a good way to make use of your garden and ensure that you have fresh and organic produce to cook up some healthy meals during the winter months. Make the most of your garden this October and try your hand at planting some of these tasty vegetables.
Getting your garden ready for winter
First thing’s first, you’ll need to make sure your garden is ready to be able to grow your vegetables properly and minimize the amount of work you’ll need to do. Clear up any mess and debris, maintain your tools and make sure your beds are ready for planting. If you’ve suffered bad weather lately, remember to check your fence for any holes or damage and pick up some fencing supplies – you don’t want any unwanted intruders coming in to tear up your vegetable patch! Spending some time in the garden over winter will help you get some fresh air while also giving you a burst of exercise.
Broad beans make an excellent ingredient for winter dishes, particularly stews and soups. They are easy to grow and will only take 2-4 weeks to produce, meaning you can have a healthy supply to see you through the winter months. You can pick them up from Marshall Seeds who offer excellent advice on growing broad beans to help you get started.
Onions, shallots and spring onions
Bulb vegetables like onions, shallots, and spring onions are perfect for growing at this time of year. They’re handy to have around, and they will last ages in your larder. These vegetables require very little maintenance, although they won’t be ready until next summer. Check in on them now and then and you’ll have a lovely crop ready to use in your home cooking.
If you love having some fresh greens to hand, then planting spinach is a good way to save you regular trips to the shops. There are plenty of great spinach-based recipes to help you make the most of your efforts. Spinach can be frozen too so that it’s ready to pop into stir-fries, soups, and other meals.
Cauliflower is growing in popularity and if you want to try your hand at cauliflower rice or pizza, why not plant it yourself? Cauliflower thrives in cold conditions and will be ready next year to try out all those delicious new recipes.
Making the most of your garden in winter will stop it from becoming unloved and derelict – saving you time when spring comes around. Gardening also makes excellent therapy, so if you’re feeling a bit stressed or need a bit of chill-out time, heading into the garden for a bit will lift your spirits. Enjoy planting delicious vegetables for healthy and hearty home cooking.