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Nutrition and winter planting

Posted by Janice Scheckter on April 17, 2020 10:45 AM SAST
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Dear friends of AWiA
We hope that we’ve inspired you to grow some food during our GROW21 lockdown challenge. And now that it’s been extended, even more reason to get going.
So here are the 10 best winter vegetables to grow in South Africa’s winter months.
By the way, winter vegetable farming extends the autumn harvest season while increasing and maintaining the crop harvest in early spring. Some of the typical winter vegetables range from Brussels Sprout to Kales.
Farmers use these winter crops to ensure that they reap the best of their farms from spring to winter. It also helps them to fill up the crop harvest and production periods of late spring and early summer. By effectively planting winter crops, farms will have a continuous production until autumn.
Our number one for both home food growers and farmers is green onions. They have a long growing period, and will still be undergrowth in spring but ready for harvest in the early summer.
Who doesn’t love garlic? It’s is one of the easiest to plant winter vegetables. Planting them in late autumn or early winter will take them the entire spring to mature. The garlic will be ready for harvest in early summer.
The green pea is one of the most nutritious spring vegetables that your farm can ever bear. Plant as autumn wraps up. These are also a great source of Vitamin C and Starch.
Spring onions are high in nutrition and faster growers than their onion cousins.
Okay, then there’s spinach, a great source of vitamin K in your home diet. One of its greatest advantages is that it grows very fast. As a result, you are ensured of harvesting its healthy leaves from season to season.
French thyme or lemon thyme are great for winter and you don’t need huge space for them. Thyme requires deep fertile soil and regular watering. Its hardy nature enables it to grow well even when planted indoors. And of course, it’s a flavour hero.
Okay, let’s get innovative with Salad! Since salad shoots are vulnerable to frost, you can add some protective mulch during germination. For people with greenhouses, salad leaves will do quite great in winter. Since salad is a cut-and-come-again vegetable, you are assured of fresh salad leaves from spring to summer.
Happy growing all.

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