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Post by Dandelion on 4th September 2010, 3:57 pm

Trying to make full use of my raised bed, I've planted a few veg for the autumn/winter in modules which will go into the bed when they're a bit bigger. Question - do I need to feed them? I've grown spring cabbage for donkey's years, and I know not to feed them until February so that they don't produce tender growth which will not withstand low temperatures.
I've got a couple of varieties of cabbage for winter use, rocket, winter hardy spring onions, chinese broccoli, and will be sowing some cauliflowers which overwinter. I also have small beetroot and Kohl rabi which i would hope to use before the weather gets really cold.
I've used some seaweed foliar feed on them, and they are planted in soil enriched with home-made compost.

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Post by Guest on 4th September 2010, 5:36 pm

I would agree that you don't want rapid growth for over wintering crops. You've fed the soil so that sounds fine. The quick crops that need to be harvested before the heavy frost need the faster growth but that could be obtained by good watering and fleecing on cold nights.

What about winter spinach and and lambs lettuce for over wintering?

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Post by Dandelion on 4th September 2010, 7:20 pm

That's a good idea - I had some free lambs lettuce seeds with a magazine

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Post by Compostwoman on 4th September 2010, 10:56 pm

I have planted out all the remmnants of the leek plants into various spare bits of raised beds,, which we use during the winter instead of "spring onions" or "chives"...

also have planted pots of early carrots in the PT ( would work in a covered cloche as well) which yield tender crops in midwinter.

A few Kale plants undercover in winter give nice tender leaves as well, which are nicer than the outdoor plants.

A mixed herb pot ( sage, chives, thyme, rosemary, parsley) undercover, or even in a porch, will keep on cropping during the winter, as will pots of basil on a sunny windowsil

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Post by Guest on 6th September 2010, 3:36 pm

I always forget to seed the white Paris onions. They should be NOW! They over winter and provide early spring freshness or leave them to swell for salad onions in May.

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