If you want to get another year of growing healthy, tasty crops off to the best possible start, then getting a jump on the sowing and planting process now will set you up for success when spring finally does arrive. There’s a wide variety of edibles, ranging from giant garlic cloves to tiny cress clusters, for you to enjoy.
We’ve compiled a list of must-grow vegetables for the winter months. Our list of recommended vegetables to produce will keep you well-stocked in winter warmers for months, from pink oyster mushrooms and scarlet hot chilli peppers to covert delicacies that provide instant food and diversity.
1. RED KALE
Kale is one of the most hardy crops around, capable of producing harvests in a wide range of environmental conditions. You can’t find better low-maintenance plants than these excellent cabbage relatives.
Kale is widely regarded as a superfood due to its high mineral and vitamin content (including calcium, folates, and vitamins A, C, and K). In addition to being one of the best winter brassicas, it’s also a remarkably easy crop to start in the dead of winter.
Whether you want to grow mature plants that produce all the way into fall or just want to collect the tender young leaves, red kale is perfect. So, make kale one of your main veggies to plant in December for chilly harvests that benefit from crisp freshness at both ends of the year.
Tender cold-hardy micro crops like ‘Red Russian,’ ‘Redbor,’ and ‘Scarlet’ are also reliable garden mainstays. If you give them time to grow in shady, cool garden displays, they’ll provide an abundance of delicious leaves when harvest time comes. Disease resistance and tolerance to a wide range of climate conditions are also common in modern cultivars. Plus, chilling them can enhance their flavor.
According to Lucy Chamberlain, a vegetable gardening expert for Amateur Gardening, the only thing these plants require if allowed to reach maturity is some space. If you want your plants to reach full size, give them at least 60 centimeters (24 inches) of space in every direction. If you intend to grow outside, plant more densely,’ Lucy advises.
Other than routine watering and weeding, knowing how to cultivate kale requires very little maintenance. Lucy suggests harvesting the leaves from the bottom up while preserving the centre rosette for maximum yield. Tomatoes, garlic, chives, leeks, and tagetes are all excellent plant companions for kale.