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Winter Vegetables & Herbs Calendar

List of jobs to do in the Vegetable Garden in Winter

 

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Vegetable Garden in Winter 

Below is a list of essential jobs to do in the vegetable and herb garden in Winter.

 

Because the defaults for this website are set for the UK, as well as monthly 'jobs to do calendars', we have also included seasonal calendars, so all visitors can choose the appropriate season for their location.

 

You may also wish to check our resources page where you can find more detailed articles explaining how to do specific jobs such as pruning, sowing and ground preparation.

 

Go to:-  Main Calendars Page  |  Winter Fruit Calendar

 

General

  • Winter is a good time to start preparing ground and digging beds ready for next season if you haven't already done so.

  • After digging, vacant ground can be covered with black polythene to stop  weeds growing.

  • Much of the vegetation will be suitable for making compost, so if you haven't already got one you can still start a compost heap.

 

Jobs to do in the Vegetable and Herb Garden

in Early Winter

(December - UK) 

 

December in the Vegetable GardenHarvesting & Storing Vegetables & Herbs in early Winter

Continue harvesting Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbages, celeriac, celery, chard, endive, kale, leeks, parsnips, turnips,  winter lettuce, winter spinach, turnips

Lift and store any remaining carrots and swede

Sowing & Planting  Vegetables & Herbs in early Winter

 

In mild regions sow overwintering broad beans where they are to grow

Sow early peas for early crops next May

Sow winter salad leaves under protection

Rhubarb - see Fruit Calendar

 

Care and Protecting Vegetables & Herbs in early Winter

Cut back the growth on chicory plants and cover with a black plastic container to force white stalks to sprout.

Protect newly sown and planted crops from pigeons with netting

Keep an eye out for caterpillars on brassicas and pick them off by hand

Remove all plant debris from the vegetable patch or allotment, to reduce the spread of disease and pests

Remove yellowing leaves on Brussels sprouts to prevent grey mould

Stake, earth up and firm soil around roots of Brussels sprouts

Cover any celery left in the ground with a thick layer of straw to protect from frost

Burn all leaves and plants which look as though they may be diseased

 

Planning and Buying Vegetables & Herbs in early Winter

Order Seed Catalogues

Plan new Vegetable plots and herbs beds for next year

Order Seed Potatoes

Order Onion and Shallot Sets

 

Jobs to do in the Vegetable and Herb Garden
in Mid Winter

(January - UK)

 

January VegetablesHarvesting & Storing Vegetables & Herbs in mid Winter

Continue harvesting Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbages, celeriac, celery, chard, endive, kale, leeks, parsnips, turnips,  winter lettuce, winter spinach, turnips

Check stored vegetables and remove any which are showing signs of rotting or damage

 

Sowing & Planting Vegetables & Herbs in mid Winter

Continue to sow winter salad leaves under protection

Start to chit (sprout) seed potatoes at the end of the month

Rhubarb - see Fruit Calendar

 

Protecting Vegetables & Herbs in mid Winter

Protect seedlings from pigeons with netting or fleece

Keep an eye out for caterpillars on brassicas and pick them off by hand.

Remove all plant debris from the vegetable patch or allotment, to reduce the spread of disease and pests

Remove yellowing leaves on Brussels sprouts to prevent grey mould

Continue to stake, earth up and firm soil around roots of Brussels sprouts

Burn all leaves and plants which look as though they may be diseased

 

Planning and Buying Vegetables and Herbs in mid Winter

Order Seed Catalogues

Order seeds, seed potatoes and onion sets

 

 

Jobs to do in the Vegetable and Herb Garden

in Late Winter

(February - UK)

 

General

Prepare ground  and beds  if the soil is workable. It's best to do most of the digging during dry spells.

After digging vacant ground can be covered with black polythene to stop  weeds growing

If the weather permits, start preparing seed beds

 

Late Winter in the Vegetable GardenHarvesting & Storing Vegetables & Herbs in late Winter

Continue harvesting sprouting broccoli,  Brussels sprouts, cabbages, calabrese, celeriac,  chard, endive, kale, leeks, parsnips, turnips,  protected winter lettuce, winter spinach, turnips

Check stored vegetables and remove any which are showing signs of rotting or damage

Rhubarb - see Fruit Calendar

 

Sowing & Planting  Vegetables & Herbs in late Winter

Continue to sow winter salad leaves under protection

Sow kohl rabi, parsnips, spring onions and summer radish in the open (outside without protection)  towards the end of the month

Chit (sprout) seed potatoes

Under Glass (indoors or heated greenhouse) - sow lettuce, summer cabbage, summer cauliflowers, celeriac,  spinach, greenhouse tomatoes, turnips

Plant - Globe artichokes, garlic, onion and shallot sets

 

Care and Protecting Vegetables & Herbs in late Winter

Top dress overwintered crops, such as autumn planted onions, broad beans and spring cabbage with a layer of compost

Protect seedlings from pigeons with netting , string or fleece

Keep an eye out for caterpillars on brassicas and pick them off by hand

Remove all plant debris from the vegetable patch or allotment, to reduce the spread of disease and pests

Remove yellowing leaves on Brussels sprouts to prevent grey mould

Continue to stake, earth up and firm soil around roots of Brussels sprouts

Burn all leaves and plants which look as though they may be diseased

 

Planning and Buying Vegetables & Herbs in late Winter

Order seeds

Buy garden essentials such as plant labels, canes, pea sticks, netting, fleece, string, fertilisers, compost etc.,  in readiness for the growing season

 

Pests and Diseases

Companion Plants

See Individual growing pages

See Individual growing pages

In the Kitchen

 

There are many methods of storing vegetables including making preserves such as pickles and chutneys, bottling, particularly in vinegar or flavoured oils,  freezing and even drying or salting.

 

Whilst there is general storing, preparation and cooking information on the individual growing pages, for lots more cooking, storing and preserving  information and recipes visit our sister site www.recipes4us.co.uk

 

 

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