Winter is not a time of year that’s commonly associated with growth or gardening. Even within the green-fingered community, it is often considered as a period of hiatus, as hobbyists wait for the warmer weather and better growing conditions to come around again.
Provided that they’re kept well maintained with the help of companies like Rocburn Limited, those with greenhouses are not as restricted. Warm, cosy, and sheltered, greenhouses offer the perfect environment for growing vegetables without having to brave the winter weather or wait for more temperate conditions to emerge.
If you’d like to keep your larder well stocked this Christmas season, then here are a few vegetables to invest in, and some handy tips on how to make use of them…
When we think of salads, we often think of summer, but don’t be deceived; there are lots of ways to incorporate them into winter meals. There’s a plethora of options available to choose from, with ‘cut and come again’ mixes offering an ideal option for the inexperienced. These tend to grow quickly, and can be harvested over and over throughout the winter months. They’re great for providing an alternative to typical seasonal winter vegetables, and helping to inject a little variety into your diet. If you want to really flex your green fingers, then try planting lambs lettuce, land cress, and mustard alongside, to add some home-grown flavour to your home-grown produce.
Carrots are the perfect ingredient for hot seasonal stews and homemade soups. Luckily for you, they’re also an ideal choice for your winter greenhouse. These delicious veggies can be sown as early as November inside your warm winter workshop, and often thrive even when cold snaps hit. Cook, season, and add them to your Christmas dinner, or else slice, dice, and eat them with low-fat hummus for a healthy lunchtime option.
Thirdly and finally, include pak choi in your assortment of pots and projects. This oriental vegetable will add some interesting options to your winter dinner table, and can be harvested in a number of ways to lend some additional variety to your homemade meals. Harvest it young to incorporate it into your salads, and eat it alongside some diced chicken or fish and assorted leaves to create healthy lunchtime options. Or, to add some flavour to your evening offerings, allow the heads to mature and add the succulent stems to delicious stir-fries. Packed full of vitamins A and C, with an abundance of calcium, iron, and folic acid to boot, this oriental vegetable is a fantastic choice for the health-aware family.
Why not add a little flavour to your dinner table this winter with some home-grown produce?