What can I grow now for the kitchen

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Tina

What can I grow now for the kitchen

I know I've kind of missed the boat with the vegetable gardening this year but just wondered whether there was anything I could be planting now? Also when should I put down my well rotted compost onto my vegetable patch? Sorry, I'm a newie to vegetable growing! Thanks :)

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speckledhen

This

Onion sets and garlic. Lovely!

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welsh lamb

Horseradish

I bought the above from the market today.

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Welshcookie

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Be very careful of horseradish. Once it gets free you will never control it. Grow it somewhere very confined. And anyway there is a limit to how much horseradish anyone can use, and if onions make you cry......

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sandra

Veg patch

To be honest I wouldn't bother until next year now. Far better to fork in your compost and let the worms get to work.

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Tooodlepips

don't put garlic or onions in until february... they won't appreciate sitting in the well over winter and many will rot. You will get a much better harvest from a later sowing - in February.

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Welshcookie

Garlic

I usually try and get my garlic in during half-term at the end of October. It give me such hope to see the green shoots when the weather is dire in Dec. to Feb. There are onion sets especially prepared for autumn sowing though some garden centres deny their existance, ie. they don't stock them. If in doubt you can always start them off in modules in the greenhouse or frame. Ditto shallots. The Garlic Farm say they are sending out orders in October.

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Nicole le Strange

Alliums & Brassicas!

I agree - I work at a permaculture farm, plus have recreated a 17th C kitchen garden (at a local stately home), which I now tend 2-3 days a week. I've also been growing my own food for 40-odd years and I've always planted garlic and winter-hardy onion sets at this time of year. You can plant garlic any time between now and around February but I like to get it in around the middle of October (esp. softneck varieties) so that I can use the leaves as much as possible throughout the winter.

I've also just put in two varieties of spring cabbage (January King Extra Late, and Wintergreen), plus Hungry Gap kale and Musselburgh leeks. These should provide more than enough to get us through to late Feb/early March.

Whilst it is too late to sow seed for the above, you can buy in plants quite cheaply. There is a brilliant man on Ebay who will sell you 20 cabbage plants for about £2.50 (am I allowed to say that here? I'm not affiliated in any way!). He also has other brassicas and leeks.

It's not too late, however, to sow some salad leaves and land cress. I sow Winter Marvel under fleece outside, which works just as well as other varieties sown in the polytunnel. In fact, I might even venture that the outdoor ones are better!

I'd be more than happy to share a yearly plan with people!



 
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