Winter Gardening Experiment Extending the season for growing my vegetables this winter

Green lettuce and chard growing in a black plastic tray

I decided to experiment growing some greens in my greenhouse this autumn. The plan was to see if I could extend the growing season for my vegetables. The real issue was that I could not bear to leave the greenhouse empty at any point! So earlier in October, I planted a variety of seeds as you remember from my autumn post. I have been so excited about this experiment that I am going to give you a personal tour of my greenhouse!

Greens growing in my greenhouse pots

I have four leafy greens growing in medium sized flower pots. I started them all from seed in October and they have really taken off. Kale has been very easy to grow and it also does very well outdoors too. Kale can tolerate frost and the cold winter weather so a good leafy vegetable to grow outdoors. I have some kale in planters and in my raised beds too.

Green kale plants growing in a pot
Green kale growing from seeds planted in October

Pak choi is another easy autumn vegetable to grow from seed. It has grown beautifully here in the greenhouse. Although it loves the cooler temperatures, it does not like the outdoor winter weather and will not thrive there. This is the same for the lettuce too. A cold greenhouse or protected porch are great locations for pak choi and lettuce in the autumn and winter.

Pak choi plants growing in a white bucket
Pak choi almost ready to pick!
Green lettuce and chard growing in a black plastic tray
Lettuce definitely ready for the picking

The lettuce and chard are looking magnificent. I will pick only the outer leaves of the lettuce so that the inner younger leaves will carry on growing. This is a cut-and-come-again way of harvesting. This means that I will be able to keep picking lettuce through the winter months instead of taking the whole lettuce head out.

Vegetables in my greenhouse planters

I planted alternating rows of radish and peas from seed in October. This was to make the best use of the gardening space in my planters. The quick growing radishes would be harvested by the time the peas grew bigger. As you can see in the picture below, the radishes were good companions to my peas. I love the red radishes peeping out of the soil, such a heart warming sight!

Red radishes growing in a planter with some pea plants
Radishes peeping through in amongst the growing pea plants
Curly tendrils of the pea plants growing in a planter
Curling tendrils of peas reaching upwards

I will have to soon provide some support to these peas as you can see their tendrils growing upwards almost looking for a hand to hold! Aren’t they so pretty?

In the other planter, I had sown some spring onion seeds and they have grown into little spindly plants – you can see them on the centre right of the planter below, next to the pak choi. However, the star of the show are the spring onions I experimented growing from the cut root ends. You can see how I did this on my post on spring onion growing experiment in November. On the left are all the spring onions growing from cut root ends.

Spring onions growing in a planter
Springs onions from cut root ends on the left, and from seed on the right

Well all I can say is that it was a great autumn in the greenhouse and I can celebrate it with this gorgeous bunch of radishes that I have harvested and looking forward to some delicious winter greens!

Hand holding a Bunch of freshly harvested radishes
Bunch of autumn radishes, yum!

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