For those obsessed with their gardens, the planting and growing doesn’t need to stop over winter, especially if you own a greenhouse! The inclusion of a greenhouse doesn’t only mean that gardening can be a year-round activity; it’s also a good backyard investment that allows you to grow your own fresh produce!
Let’s have a look at which plants you can grow in your greenhouse over winter, which will also give you the added bonus of some delicious treats.
Things to Remember for Winter Planting
Timing and temperature are the most important aspects to keep in mind when winter planting. If you get it right, you will ensure not only quality growth but also the best flavour for any fruits or vegetables that you grow! here is a rough guide for how long you should be waiting to see some results:
- Slow maturing crops: 100 days
- Paced maturing crops: 55-70 days
- Fast maturing crops: 40 days
Winter is a great time to grow cool-season plants, specifically cold-weather vegetables. Let’s dive into the best options.
A great flavour addition to your cooking, onions are great for when your greenhouse is both heated or unheated. Opt for the Shakespeare variety for a white choice and the Electric for a red variety.
In the milder winter months, you can plant peas directly into the ground and the closer you place them to each other, the larger quantities you’ll receive.
We love planting herbs for two reasons, the first, they look great as a plant on their own, and the second being how easily they enhance every meal! Most herbs can grow in colder climates, the easiest of which being chives. Simply plant the seeds in a pot and keep them in a dark place.
Rosemary is a perennial herb that is great for any time of the year, and Mint is also a fantastic flexible herb that will grow during winter and let off a pleasant scent.
A plant that you may not have considered – broad beans! Planting broad beans during winter is the ideal time to secure a high-quality spring harvest. When it comes to planting broad beans, put them in beds inside the greenhouse and try to keep them near the door so the bees can easily pollinate them when the time comes.
Much like onions, Garlic is very easy to grow in winter and extremely useful while cooking. Just ensure that everyone eats it, so all breath levels are on the same level! Chesnok red is the fullest garlic flavour; however, the most common that is used in cooking is Wight Cristo.
Let Your Winter Garden Flourish
As the temperature drops, your greenhouse does the hard work of keeping your plants protected and within an environment that will help foster their growth. A flourishing and successful garden in winter is easy if you choose the right plants.
Simply pick the ones that you know will have the best chances of survival in extreme cold. Leafy greens and root vegetables are the best options as they only require a small amount of light and watering.
Let Us Know If You Need a Hand
As always, the expert team here at Amico can give you a little help, be it getting your winter garden started or resurrecting it from a less-than-ideal state. Simply give us a call, we love to chat all things gardening!