Growing winter vegetables requires planning. Most varieties need to be planted in July or August, but there are some you can still plant, even in October in Ireland and the UK.
It is worth the effort to grow winter vegetables if only because they keep your weeds down and stop soil erosion. You also get the pleasure of being out in your garden in the silence of winter.
Leeks, turnips, parsnips, cabbages and sprouts all need to be planted in summer so they are well established by the time the frosts arrive. Next year…
In October you may find young vegetable plants in your local garden centre. These should all grow away well. Look for spring cabbage or lambs’ lettuce.
You can sow onion and garlic sets now and they should be fully established before the frosts come in November. You will get an early harvest next June, rather than late August. Spring onions and shallots can also go in the ground as late as early November.
Sow peas now, as well as broad beans and sugar-snap peas. If you have mice then start the seeds off in s trough and transplant them as soon as they have two true leaves. Mice can eat their way through a row of peas in no time at all.
Spinach is another crop you can still sow in October. It will give you young leaves until January that you can eat in salads or steam for a hot green vegetable all winter.
Autumn is a bit late to sow herbs, but any parsley plants that you buy at the supermarket can be put outside when you have cut off all the green leaves and they will grow back to give you fresh parsley in spring.
You can even sow potatoes in October!!