Winter can be a frustrating time for the vegetable grower because you have several weeks to go before the official growing season begins. Fortunately, there is some good news: There are certain vegetables that can be sown in the winter to get a head start before the growing season starts.
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In this video, GrowVeg talks about five super early vegetables that you can start in the winter:
Peas can germinate in temperatures as low as 39 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes them an excellent vegetable to grow in the winter. The pea shoots taste just like the pods themselves and also provide you with plenty of nutrients. Plan on growing 2-3 seeds in a single pot for the best results. Grow in a sunny windowsill.
2. Salad Leaves
Winter hardy lettuces can be grown inside a greenhouse during the winter. Grow in open containers and space out to avoid root disturbances; ten inches apart is a good rule of thumb to follow. Oriental leaves, corn salad, and cilantro are some of your best choices.
If you start growing cabbage during the winter, you can enjoy vitamin-rich leaves by the time summer formally hits. In contrast to this, cabbage that is sown during the springtime will not be ready to pick and eat until later in the summer.
You can start to plant spinach in late summer. Spinach comes packed with vitamins, which makes it incredibly valuable. Place the seeds in individual planting modules with three to four seeds per module at least six inches apart from one another. Pick a few leaves at a time, permitting replacement leaves to grow. You will get multiple harvests with each plant.
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5. Spring Onions
Also known as green onions, spring onions can be sown into moist soil during the winter months. Plant three seeds per module. Be sure to place covers over the onions from snow and frost. The first stems should be ready by mid-spring when most gardeners will just start planting them in the first place.
For more tips and info on super-early vegetables, check out the video by GrowVeg below.