Grow in late summer - harvest in winter

28/08/2019 Grow in late summer - harvest in winter

What many do not know is that many types of vegetables thrive splendidly even in winter. Here we show you how and with what kind of vegetables this works.

Freshly harvested salads and cabbage vegetables such as sugar loaf, chicory, Asian and picking salads can easily be harvested over the winter months into March. If you like, you can also grow fresh spinach and crunchy radishes in your own garden in November or December. The use of Effective Microorganisms creates a warming effect in the soil that helps plants to survive outdoors during the cold transition phase. Vegetables and salads can thus also be served fresh from the garden directly on the plate in winter.

We show you how easy it is to grow and care for winter vegetables. The starting signal for the successful cultivation is already given in late summer. Winter vegetables need a lot of nutrients. The bed should therefore be prepared with compost or finished Bokashi, but nitrogen fertiliser should be avoided, otherwise the plants become susceptible to diseases.

Best suited are lettuce, picking lettuce, Chinese cabbage, sugar loaf, bog salad and spinach in a protected bed (cold frame or manist bed) and broccoli or cabbage in the open. Sow the salads in a pot or crate (end of August to beginning of October), and after three weeks plant them in the raised beds or in the protected bed and water them with EM Aktiv and Terrafert soil. Effective microorganisms promote soil life. Compost and organic material can be rebuilt faster with the small helpers and the plants can root well in the warm living soil in winter. The special advantage of growing winter vegetables: Watering is rarely necessary in winter, and there are hardly any pests during the cold season.

A light snow cover or frost does not bother winter vegetables. Strong temperature fluctuations and too much humidity, on the other hand, often lead to rot. However, a suitable microclimate can be provided with a cover. Regular ventilation is particularly important. So your plants have no problem with icy nights and mild sunny days. It should be noted that frozen plant parts should not be touched or moved under any circumstances, as this destroys the leaf structure and the vegetables become muddy.

Asia salads can also be sown outdoors at the end of September/October and harvested until November. Broccoli or cabbage is also suitable for outdoor use. If it is planted in August at the latest, it can be harvested in winter. The mild autumn weather of recent years has ensured that vegetable plants can often remain on the bed outside until Christmas without any problems. Fleeces are the best protection against strong temperature fluctuations in outdoor cultivation.

This simple winter pleasure not only brings fresh green from your own garden to the table, but also independence. By the cultivation the own carbon footprint is reduced, because one does not fall back on vegetable, which often however hundreds kilometers put back, and saves at the same time environmentally-hostile packing garbage. The domestic variety is also full of vitamin C - cabbage sprouts have twice as much vitamin C as an orange. Lamb's lettuce is also a real vitamin bomb with its high content of beta-carotene, vitamin C, B6 and folic acid.



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