Grow Your Own Vegetables for a Winter or Spring Harvest

Grow Your Own Vegetables for a Winter or Spring Harvest

Published: 1st August 2019

Discover the Joy…
Vegetables to plant now for a winter or spring harvest

It never ceases to be satisfying to grow your own food, especially as food waste is becoming a global concern on top of the carbon footprint created by shipping from field to supermarket.

We know that getting kids outside during the cooler weather can be a battle so why not create a veg patch they can take ownership of? Growing your own is a great way to educate children in where their food comes from, gets them active without realising it and encourages those picky eaters to enjoy the taste of their hard work!

Here’s our guide of what’s coming into store soon…

For an autumn or early winter harvest you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’ll be filling our greenhouses and poly tunnels with baby leaf spinach, beetroots, round baby carrots, a selection of lettuce, radish, rocket, spring onions and finally sweet stemmed broccoli.

Your first step will be deciding what you want to eat. It is essential to plan well in gardens with limited space – for longer lasting enjoyment consider what would work well preserved such as pickled beetroot or even radish. With good planning your harvest could easily last you through the winter!

Visit our food halls for Kilner jars perfect for keeping those pickles fresh, as well as a great range of preserve making essentials.

Which Lettuce is right for me?

What’s a salad without a crisp lettuce leaf and what’s a tasty BLT without the “L”? With all the different varieties of this kitchen garden staple make sure you pick the correct one for your outdoor space (and your taste buds)!

Lettuce Baby Leaf Mix
A cut and come again crop makes this variety a very cost effective to grow. You’ll have equal success growing in a container or in beds.
Hardiness: Half hardy
Position: Sun or semi shade
Height x spread: Varied


Lettuce Butterhead
A versatile variety with a crisp heart and a reliable grower even in dry weather.
Grow under a cloche in autumn or in a greenhouse for overwintering.
Hardiness: Hardy
Position: Sun or semi shade
Height x spread: 15cm H x 30cm W

Lettuce Cos
Cos Lettuce is known for it’s an upright growth habit, a crispy heart and oblong head that grows well under a cloche.
Hardiness: Half hardy
Position: Sun or semi shade
Height x spread: 20cm H x 20cm W

Lettuce Little Gem
Quick to mature, Little Gem is a dwarf variety and is compact; ideal for those who are more limited on space.
Crisp and sweet with a solid heart, perfect for those who are looking to start their first veggie patch.
Hardiness: Hardy
Position: Sun
Height x spread: up to 30 x 30cm

Lettuce Lollo Rosso
Lollo Rosso is an attractive variety originating from Italy, it’s known for its crimson tipped frilly leaves.
This lettuce is a non-heartening (is non heartening right?) variety with a delicious flavour, perfect as garnish to any plate.
Hardiness: Half hardy
Position: Sun or semi shade
Height x spread: 15cm height x 25cm spread

Top tip!
Every fortnight sow a short row to ensure continuity of cropping and if you’re pushed for space, they grow wonderfully in containers!