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i'm not a veg grower but i thought purple sprouting brocoli stood over winter to be harvested in spring. that's what i see happening in other peoples' gardens
Nutcutlet is right. There are several varieties but the ones I think you mean are sown and grown in just the same way (and at the same time) as any other brassica, but they go dormant when the weather gets cold. Being fully hardy they survive the winter. They then start throwing up spears in early spring, which are produced from the stored energy in the fully grown plant. Effectively it is a biennial - grows one year and flowers, seeds and dies the next. We simply eat the flowers before they open.
Chard will stand over winter. Also look out for leek plants. Look on the MoreVeg site for things you can plant now.
If you are an inexperienced gardener it is always best to follow the instruction on the packet. Purple Sprouting is sown in March/April. If you sow now they will not be ready to plant out in mid-August.
I would save your un-opened packet until next year.