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Over wintering crops for the polytunnel.

 
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gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 10 3:48 pm    Post subject: Over wintering crops for the polytunnel.  Reply with quote    

Looking ahead,what crops could we put in the polytunnel that we could crop/would survive over the winter?

We thought some spuds,also salads,anything else?

Any specific varieties?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 10 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Radish, coriander, carrot, fennel

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 10 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pak Choy, Kailan, Mizuma, Spinach ( Bordeaux F1 Hybrid is a good winter variety).

Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 10 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OtleyLad wrote:
Pak Choy, Kailan, Mizuma, Spinach ( Bordeaux F1 Hybrid is a good winter variety).


I'm going to try these too, plus Red Russian Kale on Katieowl's advice, and some french beans, carrots, lettuces etc.

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
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Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 10 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I usually sow carrots in the PT around mid July and they do fantastically. I hope to try some other stuff this year as well to try and make up for the lack of produce I'm currently getting from the drought like veg patch

Greenfoot



Joined: 04 Dec 2007
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Location: The veggie plot or getting stones
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 10 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

To the veg listed above, I would add lambs lettuce and spring onions.

Katieowl



Joined: 01 Jun 2006
Posts: 4317
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 10 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My winter veg list (for the greenhouse) is as follows:

Spinach - Samish F1
Lettuce - Winter Density
Orsay
Winter Gem
Kale - Curly Scarlet
Radiccio - Treviso precoce mesola
Land Cress - fire and Ice
Oriental mustard - ruby streaks
Lambs Lettuce - Gaia
Favor

Untested the whole lot, but I am determined to crack a winter supply of leaves, following reading about what the Nearing's (The original Good Life couple) managed under glass in a Vermont winter! I've got all these seeds ready to plant in a month or so, to get a good start - now all I need is daughter's BF to put the new green house up!

Kate

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5475
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 10 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Beets, chard, spinach, lettuce, kale, just about any asian green & corn mache are all great overwintering crops. If they can survive here, you'll be fine over there across the pond. Row covers for the coldest nights. Kind of a funny thing to be talking about a week or two after we had our hottest high 90s days....

gil
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 10 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perpetual spinach beet - much less fussy than spinach.
Another vote for beetroot and chard.
Things like rapa senza testa - non-heading, quick-growing brassicas.
Mustard greens

ksia



Joined: 17 May 2006
Posts: 2320
Location: Mayenne, France
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 10 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Green Rosie wrote:
I usually sow carrots in the PT around mid July and they do fantastically. I hope to try some other stuff this year as well to try and make up for the lack of produce I'm currently getting from the drought like veg patch


Same here.
Next job to go through my seed box and see what I can find!

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