One of the nicest things about owning a greenhouse is the
fact that you can garden all year around. There are a number of people which
feel down and depressed in the winter season, and it is often attributed to the
nights getting longer, it getting harder to wake up in the morning due to the mornings being darker, as well as
being cold and miserable. You can quite easily stave off the winter blues by doing
things you love- and gardening is an excellent way to focus on something
productive in the winter season. All you need is a greenhouse – some greenhouse
staging, and some ideas. We’ve got two of the three in abundance.
Do remember that your crops, even in a greenhouse, may need
a little protection in the worst of winters- but given the right amount of
protection, even something as foreboding as a Westerosi Winter won’t harm your crops. We recommend
sewing vegetables into cells to be sure everything’s okay, and when the bite is really in the air, covering over with fleece.
Things to Grow in Your Greenhouse This Winter:
Onions are one of those vegetables that are very hard to
dislike. Useful for a variety of food (homely winter lasagnas, stews, shepherd's pie and such, as well as winter salads) for a variety of seasons, onions are a
solid choice for any gardener. (We recommend the "Electric” onion in particular because they’re
a deep, beautiful red.)
Autumn planted onions are very easy to grow, and you don’t
have to worry about your crops failing unless the direst of circumstances
happens. Onions look after themselves, and you can enjoy some winter sun
Onions have a single drawback. They take quite a while to
get going. Onions, typically, have quite a long planting season and you’ll need
to plan around these rather carefully as when spring comes, you’ll have to work
around your onions.
It looks like an onion, tastes (a little bit..) like an onion, but a shallot is not an onion. Whereas onions, as a certain ogre once said so famously, have layers - shallots more resemble garlic bulbs inside. Shallots have become rather popular in recent years due to
the fact that our palates have become a little more refined, healthy eating is
on the rise, and there is currently a large boom for UK-grown shallots. A
shallot, for those who do not know, has a milder taste. They’re also
anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-allergic.
Shallots are typically planted from September to December, and you'll be able to harvest these next summer.
This is a wonderful crop that you can take leaves from as and when you like without killing the plant, and then return to again and again. Spinach is a wonderful crop because it really doesn't take much to get going, is ready for harvest quite quickly compared to other plants, and even better - is capable of producing huge yields
of leaves. Spinach is absolutely perfect for a variety of dishes, and is so good for you. Our favourite winter recipe involves spinach leaves accompanying scrambled eggs and tomatoes, for a punchy protein boost which is so delicious.
Word to the wise: When you’re growing spinach, do make sure
to remove the flowers as soon as you see them. Like with most plants, flowers
mean seeds are on the way.
Asparagus is a high-investment, high reward plant. You’ll
need quite a bit of space for your asparagus crop to be successful, as well as
a lot of time. 2 years worth of time, actually. The bad part over with, the
rewards of asparagus are absolutely fantastic. From each plant you can expect
up to 25 spears per year, and the average lifespan of the plant being 25 years.
That’s a lot of asparagus.
An old one, but a classic! Carrots are very versatile, very delicious,
and useful in a variety of dishes. You can really taste the difference between
a shop-bought carrot and a home grown one, and the fast-growing Adelaide
variety of carrot is a classic. They can be sewn as early as November in the
greenhouse, and as late as July outdoors. Highly recommended!