Our top picks of winter vegetables to grow in pots
Growing your own produce does not have to come to a grinding halt with the onset of winter. There are many winter vegetables to grow in your own pots. Enjoy a steady and fresh supply of homegrown vegetables. Here are a few types of veggies we suggest to nurture over the cold season.
Choosing the varieties
The trick in choosing the type of winter vegetables to grow in pots is timing. Plant late in summer so you will still have fresh produce from your pot garden. Let the plants mature when the weather outdoors is still okay or until the first frost begins to set in.
The beauty of growing in pots is you don’t require a lot of space. However, you do need a place inside the house to put your plants. Hence, choosing the right spot indoors where plants can continue to thrive is vital. An attic is a good place to put your pots. You can also put them anywhere where there is a window for the sunlight.
- Types of veggies to grow
The best plants to grow are those whose leaves come back after they are cut off. Examples of hardy winter vegetables that grow back after harvest are:
- Brussels sprouts
- Broad beans
Choose plastic over clay or ceramic pots as you may have to move them often to follow the sun. Make sure there are holes at the bottom for drainage. Use saucers to protect the surface of your floors. Watering indoor plants is also necessary because they do dry out even in winter and if there is heating in the room.
Use potting soil which can be reused or mixed with ground soil. Make sure you use fertiliser once a week or biweekly to provide nutrients to the plants which might be washed away when watering. Once you take them indoors, you can stop feeding the plants.
Growing plants outside
If you are not convinced of the types of winter vegetables to grow in pots, there are also hardy varieties which can withstand the harsh climate outdoors. Onions, shallots, winter lettuce are examples of vegetables you can plant in your vegetable gardens. Use fleece, cloches or perforated polythene when you sow the seeds into the soil.