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Stock the pantry with winter vegetables

Winter crops

In the vegetable patch, summer is the season for harvests, but sowing still continues for lettuce, cabbage and other vegetables for winter.

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All the cabbages

If you like eating cabbage, you can sow and transplant different varieties all summer long.

Sprouting broccoli can be sown until end of July. You’ll transplant them as soon as the first two leaves appear until mid-August.

You can plant headed cabbage in July, kohlrabi until mid-August and cauliflower all summer long to ensure spring produce.

If you appreciate Chinese cabbage, sow them until beginning of August and let them grow. They will last you through most of winter.

Cabbage, a winter vegetable

Bean, turnip, leek…

Radish, a winter crop like turnipFeel free to sow snap beans and French beans until mid-August. You can start pulling them out at the beginning of fall depending on your location and weather.

Sow turnip until the end of August. Thin when sprouts bear two true leaves. The ‘Blanc dur d’hiver’ variety keeps directly in the ground, under a cover of leaves or dry ferns.

To have leek in spring (April and May), sow in August and plant in September. Pull the seedlings out when they’re as thick as a pencil. Snip the tip of the leaves off, and before transplanting them, let them dry off for two days on the ground, to harden them and protect them against allium leaf-mining flies.

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Corn salad all winter long

Corn salad winter greenSow corn salad until the end of September. Sow it in rows or broadcast on firm soil, that isn’t spaded (at most, raked), and plant together with cabbage and leek.

Cover the seeds with a thin layer of dry grass, to keep the soil moist.

Protect corn salad meant to be harvested in winter with a thin layer of straw or dry ferns.

Harvest ‘A Grosse Graine’ corn salad by cutting it just above the collar, and smaller rosettes will reappear afterwards.

M.-C. H.

Images: Pixabay: Aart van den Bos, Cindy Parks, ivabalk, Matthias Böckel
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  • B. Ihtersauer wrote on 28 October 2021 at 16 h 21 min

    I always have trouble remembering to sow these early enough. It’s like websites only talk about it when the harvest is ready, but we rarely get the “sow now!” message we ought to get in summer!

    • Gaspard wrote on 29 October 2021 at 8 h 09 min

      That’s true! I’ll try to work on a widget that can serve to tell people when to plant, sow, etc.