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11/09/2013 at 20:58

what do people grow through the winter. My raised bed is full now with winter carrots, cauliflower and cabbage. What could I grow in my plastic greenhouse (5ftx3ft) and an unheated conservatory??

11/09/2013 at 21:02

Spinach, chard????

11/09/2013 at 21:50

My favourite veg is green beans (French) has anyone grown the dwarf ones in buckets over winter???

11/09/2013 at 21:54

I find it hard enough to get them going in high summer!!!!!!!!!

11/09/2013 at 22:15

Really?! I grew a brilliant climbing French bean this year called cobra, in a tug tub and canes! Tomato feed when they started to put beanS on. They are slowing now and I'm sad I love beans. Just not sure itho could grow them in the greenhouse/conservatory ! 

11/09/2013 at 22:20

They like heat, more than runnere beans although they are a bit more drought tolerant. Could not both of these be a problem in winter. Sorry to be a Jeremiah. 

11/09/2013 at 23:06

just desperate to utilise my space and save money on my veg bills!

11/09/2013 at 23:51

Start some broadbeans in individual small pots... aquadulce type... overwinter inside, plant out as directed ... feb for me this year and I had my best crop ever.

12/09/2013 at 06:41

It's not just higher temperatures that veg need, it's higher light levels - if you provide enough of both to keep veg growing through the winter you'll have higher electricity bills!!!  Much higher!!!  

I sow Aquadulce Claudia broad beans in the veg patch in late October - they stood through all the snow of last winter and spring, and gave us a fantastic crop 

You could sow some Arctic King lettuce in a cold greenhouse overwinter - I grew some under a large cloche last winter and they were great.

As has been said, a sowing of Swiss Chard now might give you winter pickings, depending on the weather we get, and anyway should stand through the winter to get away early in the spring for an early crop.

12/09/2013 at 23:13

Oh why does autumn come round so fast when I need to keep the veg bills down! I will miss my potterings after work!

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