Nature, your offspring may have devoured all my French Beans had to offer, yes I fought a running battle with Squirrels to see who could obtain the most fruit (they won) and yes the soil and restraints I provided were weak, but I shall now take you head on and face you at your sternest; Winter.
I want to see how far I get. It might be a bold move, it might also be irrational but then there is potentially delicious, fresh produce at the end of it so I feel I have nothing to lose.
I’m going to throw in the following:
- Broad Beans (Super Aquadulce)
- Hardy lettuce (Arctic King)
- Purple sprouting broccoli
- Onions (Shakespeare)
- Garlic (Early Wight)
The most interesting bit is that I don’t really have a garden. I have a small section of raised bedding and an odd collection of pots and containers. But then I like a challenge.
This is the space in front of my house:
(I have many more containers now…)
And this is the rear raised section:
The resources I’m looking to are numerous and each profer a confident passion for year-round sustainability and self preservation. If only to avoid the homogeny of the high street as much as possible. Armed with my war-time rhetoric, my naivety and my hunger I will sally forth to see what my efforts can conjure.
Some great reading on the subject lives here:
- How to Grow Winter and Spring Vegetables http://bbc.in/n75JD2
- Top 10 vegetables to grow over winter - Telegraph http://tgr.ph/nDiqoZ
- Growing Winter Vegetables | iGrowVeg http://bit.ly/oUVzHI
- Hardy winter vegetables / Royal Horticultural Society http://bit.ly/qqMRtY
And no list would be complete without a Guardian post…
- Dan Pearson shows you how to grow winter veg | The Observer http://bit.ly/oaCE9f
Bring it on I say.