Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Winter.
Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in Winter.
Asparagus prefer an open, sunny site. Do not grow asparagus in a spot where you have previously grown asparagus to avoid build-up of diseases. Sow the seeds approximately ½ inch (13 mm) deep. It takes about 3 weeks for asparagus seeds to germinate. To hasten germination, soak the seed for 48 hours in water prior to planting.
Cabbage is an annual, cool-season crop, which is hardy to frost and light freezes. Sow cabbage seeds 2½ feet apart, with 12 to 16 inches between plants. Do not grow cabbage in the same site that you grew cabbages last year.
Sow chicory seeds thinly ½ in (1 cm) deep in rows, 12 in (30cm) apart in an open site. Soil should be fertile and free draining. The seeds take about 2 weeks to germinate. Do not allow the plants to dry out as they may go to seed. Therefore, water well and keep the soil free from weeds.
Mizuna seeds are quick to germinate, usually within four to eight days. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep in your garden bed, spaced 1 inch apart. Thin them apart to 6 inches later on to achieve full-sized heads of mizuna. Mizuna grows best in sunny spots that receive 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight a day in well-drained soil.
Sow leek seeds thinly ½ in (1 cm) deep in rows 6 in (15cm) apart. To o increase the length of white stem, leeks can be blanched by gently drawing up dry soil around the stem in stages. However, ensure that soil does not fall between the leaves.
Cress can be grown indoors and outdoors. If growing outdoors, cress should be planted in shade or semi-shade in a moist, well-drained sandy to loamy soil. If growing indoors, cress can be grown on a cotton ball in a bottle.
To ensure your success in planting these seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.
What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Winter?
Here are some of our suggestions of seed packs which you could try growing.