Growing your own food can be very rewarding, however, now that the warmer months have passed us you may be thinking about putting your garden supplies away for the year. Did you know that you can actually grow a lot of fruit and vegetables in the colder months too and you don’t have to hang up those gardening gloves just yet? Wring Builders Merchant would like to talk you through some of the delicious fruit and vegetables that you can grow this winter and eat in the new year! Wring Building Merchants can supply you with some of the best garden supplies in Bristol – if you would like more information on this please get in touch on 0117 978 2693.
Turnips are perfect for soups and for bulking out stews. You can plant turnips in the early autumn and they will be ready to harvest by the end of the year. They grow very quickly in colder weather and sometimes only take up to 10 weeks to fully develop.
Celeriac can be used for puree or served with a delicious roast dinner. They are extremely easy to crop and grow well even in colder weather conditions. You will need to protect them from extreme weather conditions as these can damage the vegetables.
Brussel Sprouts are an absolute must during the festive season! They are really good at growing even during the colder seasons. They can take up to 24 weeks to fully mature and will require treatment with fertiliser. Planting seeds in October time is perfect to ensure your sprouts are ready by Christmas holidays.
Winter squash continues to ripen after picking. People can slow down ripening by storing them in a slightly humid environment. Under the right conditions, squash will keep for up to 3 months. They are perfect for a huge range of recipes and will keep you warmer during the winter months.
Kale grows brilliantly well in the colder months as it can stand frosty conditions with wastage and thrives in well drained, fertile soil. Position the kale in a sunday area of the garden to encourage growth during the months where it gets darker earlier as kale grows best when it is well fed.
What’s In Season In October?
As the nights get longer and the weather gets colder we all love to tuck into warm and cosy foods such as stews, bakes and soups which are usually made from seasonal fruit and vegetables which you can harvest or buy at this time of year. A few of these vegetables include Beetroot, Cabbage, Chillies, Cauliflower, Leeks and more.
What’s In Season In November?
Winter is approaching which means a lot of the vegetables planted in the autumn will now be ready to harvest – These include your brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots and more. November is the time that you have to bring in your herbs to protect them from any frost and it;s also time to prune your soft fruits back ready for the following year.
What’s In Season In December?
As the end of the year approaches and households across the UK are preparing for Christmas why not skip the busy food shop this year by harvesting all the vegetables you have planted earlier in the year.
In terms of gardening jobs, there isn’t much that can be done in December as the ground is likely to be frosted over, however, this doesn’t stop you planning your garden for the new year.
It is so important to keep on top of your garden and understand what you can plant when. Being on top of this will allow your garden to constantly flourish and always give yourself a garden full of delicious food all year around.
Sarah Wirth works for Wring Builders Merchants as a marketing specialist.