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Old 01.07.2008, 00:19
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Growing Winter vegetables

Its is harvest time down at the allotment and thoughts are going towards growing winter vegetables for harvest in the autumn / winter.
This is virgin territory to me and judging from seeing my vegetable plot last winter the Swiss don't grow winter vegetables.

I am thinking of growing:-

Potatoes - maris piper - harvest in October
Swedes
leeks
Brussel sprouts
Kale
Winter cabbage
winter lettuce
winter cauliflower

Has anyone got some experience of growing winter veggies here.
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Old 01.07.2008, 08:30
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Has anyone got some experience of growing winter veggies here.
It depends on how harsh the winter is and whether you have a sheltered or exposed spot. All things being equal I find you can grow almost anything here, especially as the weather in VD can be mild and warmish (in a gardening sense Ticino, in a gardening sense) all the way through to the end of October. After that the soil gets too cold to grow much. So up to the start of winter, if you can grow it in the UK you can grow it here. Down here in VD the winters of 2006 and 2007 were very mild and all in all the soil was workable right through to Xmas. But in winters like 2005 when it was hard as a rock for weeks on end and bitterly cold you might as well give up until the soil warms up again in Spring. So you need to keep an eye on the weather forecast or your parsnips might be frozen in the ground for the duration. You could always use a polytunnel to extend the season. Cheap and easy to knock up yourself and makes a big difference. I don't do spuds. Leeks are fine. Brassicas should be no problem but one word on sprouts. They grow well but can turn out a bit bitter if we go from mild to freezing overnight. They need the in between frosty spell to sweeten them off.
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