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Vegetables to Grow in Winter

Last Updated: Jul 5, 2012 by

Topic: Gardening

Winter is seen as being a traditionally quiet season in the garden but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on growing vegies altogether!  There are some great vegetables that can be grown throughout the colder months in Australia. Read on to find out more.

Some Vegetables That You Can Grow in Winter

While winter is seen as being a resting or dormant period in the garden, there are actually quite a few varieties of vegetables that you can grow.  Here are some of the most popular:
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce
  • Rhubarb
  • Beetroot
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Cabbages
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Leek
  • Asian vegetables
  • Broad beans
  • Carrots

Hints to Ensure that Your Winter Vegetables Thrive

While it is possible to grow vegetables quite successfully in winter, there are some great hints that you can follow to ensure that the process is as easy and as productive as possible.  One thing that you should try and do is to locate your winter vegetable beds appropriately.  Most vegetables need sun in order to grow so make sure your garden beds are in a position to get as much sun as possible throughout the day. For ideas on positioning see our photos of gardens.

Something else that you need to keep in mind is how much frost your area gets, as frost can damage and even kill your vegetables if you are not careful.  Choose winter vegetables that are frost tolerant where you can.  If you are worried about the impact of frost at all, you can erect a sort of greenhouse over your garden beds using stakes and clear plastic.  Your vegies will still get all the sun that they need but the frost will be kept off of them.

Be aware of how much you are watering your vegetable garden in winter as well. Often, less water is required as the water in the soil does not evaporate as quickly but this is not always the case. Aim to keep your plants well hydrated but do not allow them to “sit” in water at all.  The soil should always feel just moist when you feel it with your finger.  Watering in the mornings is recommended so that the water is absorbed during the day and does not potentially freeze on the plants overnight.

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