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8 Winter Veg to Sow Now


After months of often cold, miserable weather, things are looking up. Spring is here, shortly to be followed by Summer. Of course, no one wants to talk about Winter!

So apologies for bringing up the subject. But it’s actually very important this time of year.

If you’re trying to save money from growing veg, are attempting to be as self sufficient as possible or just like fresh veg available all year, ensuring a steady stream of harvests through Winter is vital.

That’s why I always try to find some time to plan the Winter crops properly, as well as the more glamorous but shorter lived Summer favourites.

The next few weeks are the perfect time to sow those hardy, reliable winter veg so that they provide harvests come the colder months. Here are 8 easy to grow crops that will keep you in food during those dark days of January and February

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A Little Bit Late is Better than a Little Bit Cold.

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I sowed some seeds at the weekend: a few mangetout, sweetcorn and leeks. The sun was out, the greenhouse warm and all was well. It felt good.

Nothing remotely remarkable about that, of course. It’s April and I had designated last week as Seed Sowing Week on Real Men Sow.

However, I have a confession. After spending previous Januaries, Februaries and Marches exclaiming the virtues of sowing early seeds, the mangetout, sweetcorn and leeks were the first seeds I’ve put in this year. There have been no undercover broadies, taking a flyer in the greenhouse and no use of cloches.

For this year, I’m kicking back and taking my time.

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What Vegetable Seeds to Sow in April

This is a republished post from 2014, as part of Real Men Sow Seed Sowing Week. Guess what I’ll be doing today… :)


I’ve been writing monthly ‘What to Sow Now’ posts since February, and they’ve been popular (its always nice to know that my visit stats aren’t just my mum sitting there pressing refresh).

And on Thursday Andrew asked me via Twitter if I was going to write one for April. Well, I couldn’t really say no, especially considering that the answer is ‘pretty much everything’!

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About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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