Vegetables for autumn-planting for earlier rewards
Winter lettuce and salad leaves will keep going throughout winter if you plant them in early October. Autumn planting vegetables such as hardy peas and broad beans will crop early next summer, several weeks ahead of the spring-sown crops keeping you one step ahead of the game.
Salad leaves Salad Provencale Mix is the one to choose if you want tasty cut-and-come-again salad leaves that will brave winter weather. Team with lettuce Winter Density and you’ll be enjoying crisp tender salad leaves from December through to March.
Broad beans are hardy plants so they are a great over wintering crop. Choose a hardy bean such as Aquadulce Claudia for tender and tasty beans that are ready from May and June. Just as tasty and tender, but shorter and easier to manage in some of our exposed Fenland gardens here at Marshalls HQ, is Broad Bean The Sutton. Much recommended.
Our young broad bean plants are supplied in 12 single sown modules each with a good root system and they are growing strongly when you receive them.
Peas Pea Douce Provence is a very versatile variety that you can grow over winter to give an early crop of sweet and tasty peas early next summer. It’s a reliable performer producing lots of pods and because the plants are compact they don’t require much support. We’ve found that this variety is hardy enough to be grown just about all year round.
Broad beans and peas are hardy but be prepared to protect these overwintering plants from severe weather if necessary; a covering of fleece is ideal.
Right, let's get planting...
Plant the young plants 20cm (8in) apart in their final positions outside into well-prepared weed free soil. Add some Organic Farm Manure if your soil is dry and tired from the summer.. Give the peas and beans some support with canes as they grow. As far as the salad leaves are concerned merely net them if you notice they are being a little munched or pecked by pigeons and mice.