If you love shopping for fresh organic wholefoods, then why not consider growing your own fresh organic veggies in the comfort of your own home?
Making gardening a year round activity isn’t as hard as you may think, it’s just a matter of knowing which vegetables you should plant seasonally. Even with minimal living space or no access to an outdoor yard, having your own vegetable garden is possible no matter the limitations of your space.
As a Melbournian, you’d be well aware of the ever-changing climates that we face, especially during the winter. Understanding what vegetables are best to grow during which season is crucial to having a healthy, sustainable vegetable garden that produces fresh goods all year round.
Winter veggies require a rich and nourishing soil to keep them thriving through the cooler climate. If you’re wondering how to replenish your old soil, simply add animal manures (whether it be from horses, chickens, rabbits, sheep) along with plenty of compost and rake it through lightly. This will eventually break down and supply the soil (and therefore the food) with rich nutrients that are beneficial for both you and the veggies.
Vegetables that will grow successfully during the winter time:
- Spring Onions
- Brussel Sprouts
Leafy greens such as spinach, silverbeet and mustard greens are all great options for planting during the winter.
There are many herbs that grow best during the winter. Herbs are an easy alternative to a veggie garden as they require less maintenance and often flourish quite well on their own, without requiring you to do much to keep them going. They can also thrive indoors, given enough light.
Growing herbs is a convenient and affordable way to perfect your home cooked meals. Herbs have an extensive range of health benefits that are great for supporting your immune system, especially during the winter time when you’re more likely to be susceptible to a common cold or falling ill.
The best herbs to grow during winter:
If you’re working with limited to no space, (perhaps a balcony or small yard), then growing your vegetables in a container is the most versatile and suitable choice for you.
Whether you’re using a larger container to fit a desired space or a cluster of different pots that can be arranged freely around your home, both options will expand the range of vegetables available to you.
Keep in mind that the size of your container will affect the quality and lifespan of your vegetables, as smaller containers can only take so much soil, making it likely to dry out sooner than a larger container.
It’s important to first choose the layout (desired location) for each of your containers before planting your seeds. Whether you choose to use terracotta pots, concrete containers or wooden planters, this is an important step as once you’ve packed in the soil, they will be very difficult to move.
Vegetables that grow well in containers:
- Bok Choi
- Brussel Sprouts
No matter the season, vegetables thrive best in sunny locations and like to be exposed to as much light as possible. This can be tricky during the winter months, so be sure to set up your veggie garden or container in the sunniest location available in your home. If you’re living in an apartment, this will most likely be outside on your decking.
There are plenty more winter vegetables out there for you to test growing for yourself, but we thought this would be a good list for you to start out with!
We’d love to hear what vegetables you have the most success with during this time. Let us know in the comments below so that we can continue growing our list!