Winter vegetables – stock up on vitamins! - 01. August 2021
It is especially during the winter that we need a supply of vitamins and fresh vegetables, But not a crunchy cucumber in sight, no peppers or juicy tomatoes (unless you have grown Vesuvius tomatoes).
Is this a contradiction? Not really! In addition to classics such as baby carrots and potatoes, many vegetables also grow during the cold season!
Lettuces: Well until October, or even until November, you can harvest lettuces like Ice Queen, parinice, Italian green, poschiavo, cocodelo or even Black Hawk. Even on the balcony, lettuce leaves like our mix of mesclun, which are sown in September, harvest until November.
Lamb’s lettuce: We can agree on one thing. It is the perfect accompaniment for your festive meals! In August, plant it directly in the open ground, and harvest from December throughout the winter. Tip: Add a little diversity by planting different varieties: The very robust ‘Duplex’ blends perfectly with the original shape of the ‘Louviers Shells’, and the ‘Golden heart’ brings colour to the plate. Its leaves turn yellow after the first frost.
Asian cabbage: We love them. These trendy vegetables are healthy, easy to grow, fast growing and have a high yield. Species such as Pai Tsai, pak choi or Michihili are now sown in trays and are then planted outdoors. They are eaten in salads as well as cooked dishes. Tip: If they are planted in the empty tomato greenhouse or in a protected area, they winter well and can be harvested again in the spring. As early as March, they start to flower, and if the delicate shoots are harvested just before flowering, they can be prepared like the Cime di Rapa (Turnip tips) in Italy.
Kohlrabi, turnips, big radish: these classic root vegetables can be revived. And this isn’t by accident! In direct seeding, these are easy and fast crops, and you can harvest them from September to November. These are ideal crops after summer vegetables. They can be kept for several months in the cellar, and they can be eaten raw, in a salad or cooked in soup or stew.
Spinach: Until mid-September, they are sowed directly in the soil, and they harvest throughout the winter. In addition to being rich in mineral salts, spinach is an excellent green manure.
Various chicory: What is healthier than grumolo, broad-leaved endive, radicchio, or sugarloaf chicory? Sown in August, you can harvest these beautiful crisp leaves for delicious salads from November to May, depending on the variety. Some varieties are slightly bitter – but bitterness is often associated with antioxidants, which have a range of health benefits! The English talk about an "acquired taste" – a taste that one has to get used to. Experience it, and before you realise it, you'll be dependent on it!