Autumn sowing, even for novice gardeners, is a great way to extend the growing season in your vegetable patch or allotment.
August is a really good time to start thinking about winter harvests and your packets of vegetable seeds should give you the basic information you need to decide if a particular crop is suitable to sow in winter.
Greenhouses and cold frames can be a great help to get things started in September, as the days cool down from the peak temperatures of Summer.
We have had notable success with Autumn sowing and winter crops of onion sets like white lisbon, and our broad beans and peas have been fantastic! Broad beans sown in late October are likely to be the first Spring crop you can harvest next year and will be a real treat added raw to the first salads you enjoy as the weather warms up again.
If you don’t have the time or any inclanation to plant any vegetables this Autumn and Winter then you can sow green manure on your allotment to enrich the soil ready for your Spring allotment activity.
Please let us know what you are planning to sow and enjoy this Autumn and Winter by commenting below.