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What to grow in the winter


What to grow in the winter:advice on sowing and planting in the winter months. Garden calendar and advice on plants to grow in pots in the cold months of the year.

Cold is not an enemy ofvegetable garden, if you choose the right varieties and apply a little attention, the calendarsowing can be rich even in the coldest months of the year.

Tips to protect the garden from the cold

Who has one greenhousecan take advantage to grow even tomatoes, while those who do not have the opportunity togrow in a greenhousebut he still wants to protect the plants from the cold, he can count on simple strategies such as laying non-woven fabric or sections of two-liter plastic bottles. Use clear plastic bottles. Each bottle can protect the plant in the early stages of development, the most delicate ones!

Mulching can also be helpful in protecting plants from the cold. In particular, mulching with black bioplastic sheets is recommended in cold weather because it protects the root system and concentrates the heat in the soil. On the contrary, in summer, mulching with plastic-like materials should be avoided.

Vegetables vulnerable to cold

Those who live in very cold climatic areas (Northern Italy), can start sowing in protected crops. In cold areas it is possible to sow indoors, in a small seedbed or in a sheltered balcony, using containers covered with a glass plate.

Vegetables and vegetables fromcultivate in winterwhich most need protection during the sowing phase are: radishes, aubergines and chicory, lettuce and radicchio for cutting.

Tip # 1: forcultivate the vegetable garden in wintermore quickly, it is advisable to plant the plants that are already well developed. Plants can be produced at home, with a small do-it-yourself seedbed, or purchased from the nursery.

Cold-resistant vegetables

Broccoli, savoy cabbage and cabbage are just some of the vegetables you can usecultivate in winterFurthermore, these vegetables have the reputation of increasing their taste in the harshest cold. Turnip tops, spinach, radicchio and escarole, should be sown in rows, directly at home.

Tip # 2:for protect plants from the coldIf you don't have a greenhouse, cover each plant individually with sections of plastic bottles cut to the right size. Remember to drill holes so as to allow air to recycle.

What to grow in the winter:sowing in December

What to sow in December? In this month it is possible to continue with the sowing of:

  • Garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots and purple carrots
  • Chicory
  • Onions
  • Fava beans
  • Cutting lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Peas
  • Parsley
  • Radicchio for cutting
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Shallot
  • Spinach

What to grow in the winter:sowing in January

What to grow in January? In this month it is possible to continue with the sowing of:

  • Basil
  • Carrots and purple carrots
  • Cauliflowers
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Watercress
  • Chives
  • Fava beans
  • Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Melons
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Leeks
  • Parsley
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Rocket salad
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • thyme
  • Valerian
  • Zucchini

Tip # 3:for those who have onegreenhouse, can use it to grow tomatoes. The planting of tomatoes in greenhouses must take place in slightly moist soil. Better to opt for small tomato varieties such as cherry, datterino or similar.

Grow the vegetable garden in winter on the balcony or at home

Tomatoes can also be grown indoors in the winter months. If you are from the South and have a well-sheltered balcony placed in full sun, you can venture a balcony cultivation with the sole protection of the non-woven fabric to be placed at night and on cold days.

If you live in the north-central, you can grow tomatoes indoors in winter by following the guide:how to grow tomatoes at home. Among the vegetables to be grown in winter in the garden on the balcony, you cannot miss: fennel, Brussels sprouts, onions, cut chicory, parsley, chives ... without pretense of high production, even carrots.

If those just listed are vegetables and vegetables from cultivate in the vegetable garden in the winter months what has been sown and / or planted in autumn can be harvested. For completeness we report thegarden calendar for the winter monthsrelated to the crop.

  • Swiss chard
  • Broccoli
  • Artichokes
  • Carrots and purple carrots
  • Catalonia
  • Cauliflowers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbages
  • Cabbage
  • Black cabbage
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Chicory
  • Fennel
  • Endive
  • Leeks
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Escarole
  • Winter spinach

Grow purple carrots

Among the more unusual varieties, we recommend thesowingof purple carrot. The purple carrot is rich inanthocyanins.Anthocyanins are pigments belonging to the flavonoid family, have a high antioxidant power and, according to recent studies, protect the heart and prevent the appearance of certain tumors.

Those who prefer can take advantage of the online purchase: on Amazon a package of purple carrot seeds can be bought for 6.50 euros with shipping costs included in the price. For all information, I invite you to visit the page:purple carrot seeds.

How to grow Brussels sprouts

A small vegetable garden is needed for carrots but i Brussels sproutsthey can be grown, with satisfaction, both in pots and in the garden. Carrots, when grown in pots, have a low yield. Only a small number of carrots can be obtained in a planter. Brussels sprouts, on the other hand, can give abundant harvests even if grown in three single specimens. For all information, I refer you to the page:grow Brussels sprouts.


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