1. Winter lettuce
A great leaf option to sow during the cooler months is winter lettuce, as seeds can withstand the frost. Whilst hardy varieties such as ‘winter king’, ‘radicchio’ and ‘frisée’ make a great addition to a salad, the crunchy and bitter leaves also work well with melted cheese – why not give it a go?
For extra protection during frostier spells, a fleece or cloche can be used to encourage a healthy harvest.
2. Broad beans
Broad beans can be sown from October time onwards, and they’re usually ready for harvest by May. This versatile veg can be used in hearty dishes such as soups, casseroles and stews, and are packed with nutrients which boost the immune system.
3. Japanese onion sets
This hardy and resilient onion variety can be planted during October and should bulb around a month earlier than other onions! Japanese onions can grow outdoors whilst remaining uncovered, producing large and crispy bulbs at the end of the following spring. They’re a brilliant variety to grow during winter as they require less light that other onions, so will grow through the short days of winter and early spring.
Nothing beats fresh garlic from the garden – especially when roasted, made into aioli or tasty garlic bread! As autumn varieties of garlic such as Solent Wight and Caulk Wight require a cold spell for successful growth, now is the perfect time to start planting your cloves outside as the roots should establish well ahead of the winter season. Garlic is also super easy to care for and brilliant for the immune system.