The website name might be growwintervegetables.co.uk but the content of this website is both about extending the harvesting period of the crops you grow and how to reduce or avoid a glut of vegetables, and covers a number of techniques for both. Fresh is best and a lot can be achieved by starting with a few simple techniques.
How to harvest fresh produce all year round
Summer is bountiful in it's harvest, so the focus is on growing for the winter and spring times so that you have fresh produce throughout the year, and there is information on the two main techniques to help achieve this:-
· How to grow winter vegetables and salads such as kale, sprouts and Miners Lettuce for winter harvest
· How to overwinter vegetables and salads for spring harvest
How to extend your harvest or crop, and avoid or reduce a glut of vegetables
The problem in summer and also autumn is avoiding a glut, so this site provides information on a number of techniques for spreading a crop by simple measures such as growing two rows of early strawberries, and covering one row with fleece or a tunnel cloche so that it crops earlier in summer than the second row and both of which are ready for harvesting before main crop strawberries - which you might want a bumper crop of, for making jam as well as eating fresh:-
· How to use protection from cold and wind such as fleece, coldframes, cloches, polytunnels and greenhouses to provide earlier and later crops than unprotected.
· Choose varieties that spread the cropping period for example the 19th century Tromboncino D’Allbenga which is a courgette in summer and a squash in winter.
· Successional sowing, with a feature on dealing with F1 hybrid plants
· Lots of small instead of a few large – for example lots of Kailan versus a few Calabrese
· Total Control technique: control quantity and time of your crop using modules and air root cutting techniques to get the strongest roots for planting out
As you will notice this site is a work in progress, but I thought it best to at least get the home page up and running so that you can bookmark the site and return later as the site progresses. Bit like growing vegetables really, first of all you have to plant the seed!
To help you navigate around I will be putting this all into a knowledgebase that you can access from the main menu. The knowledgebase has two levels, categories and then the articles relating to that category. Examples of these categories are Techniques ( as above), Planning, Brassicas, Dealing with a Glut, Recipes. Examples of articles in these categories include potatoes, tomato and chilli chutney, Fleece, Total Control Technique.
Potato blight alert: Infinito potato blight treatment and tomato blight treatment from Bayer
It’s a bit off topic for the home page, but I feel that it needs to be highlighted. Potato blight has been a problem recently and I have had to remove all haulms this last two seasons, reducing the growing season and producing a fraction of the crop. But there is a potato blight treatment that farmers in the UK can use, but not gardeners. The best solution for potato blight is Infinito from Bayer that has a combined barrier and systemic action to treat potato blight without damage to wildlife. This should at some time be approved for garden use, so this is a potato blight solution alert – and I will update you when it is available to us poor long suffering gardeners. In the meantime keep spraying that Bordeaux mix. Using the blight alert website you can get alerts of blight conditions in your area to help you fight against blight by spraying just before it arrives.