Monday September 15, 2014 at 12:08pm
When I think of Autumn, I think of winding down, clearing up and preparing myself for the winter ahead. Although this year I am planning to be out in my garden harvesting my top ten vegetables sowed in Spring. At the beginning of the year, Fiona from the Wovenhill sales office, researched what vegetables can be harvested and stored in Autumn and Winter to save money.
"I have been positively inspired by Christine Walkden from the BBC One Show. She is extremely enthusiastic when talking about gardening and nature in general; I find it hard not to get drawn in. She has travelled all over the world leading tours and field trips, but I think her passion shone through when she was up in the One Show hot air balloon talking about the terrible damage being caused by a tree disease, Ash dieback, a ‘serious concern’ for the country’s 80 million ash trees."
I have found 10 vegetables that I had no idea could be harvested through the autumn and winter. As you can probably tell I’m a novice at this growing malarkey, but thought I would pass on the table I have used to sow and harvest my favourites.
Carrots - Sow: April to June; Harvest: September to November
Butternut Squash - Sow: March to April; Harvest: September to October
Brussels Sprouts - Sow: March to May; Harvest: October to December
Leek - Sow: March to April; Harvest: October to December
Turnip - Sow: March to April; Harvest: September
Parsnip - Sow: March to April; Harvest: October to January
Swede - Sow: May to June; Harvest: September to October
Pumpkin - Sow: March to April; Harvest: July to October
Cabbage - Sow: April to May; Harvest: October to December
Beetroot - Sow: June to July; Harvest: September to October
*The above months may differ slightly depending on your climate and in which part of the UK you grow your vegetables. With all of these vegetables to choose from I think I will be busy in the kitchen making vegetable broth, chunky stew, butternut squash soup and I think around the 31st October I will be making pumpkin pie! You’re never too old to make the scariest face out of your pumpkin case, are you?