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Growing vegetables all year round

Post: #284820 mamos
Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:37 pm

Hi All

I would like to go from just growing a lot veg in the summer to growing a smaller amount but all year round.

We are going to be designing an aquaponics system in the dome and i might have a go at micro greens but what other things can i grow all year round or through the off season

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Re: Growing vegetables all year round

Post: #284822 Odsox
Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:58 pm

If you have the space in the dome, there are quite a lot of veg you can grow through the winter months.
I would think that your climate is similar to mine, so what I grow should be doable with you.

This week I am about to sow some calabrese, about 6 is ideal for the 2 of us and they will be planted out in the tunnel. I have grown them like this for a few years now and they head up from mid October onwards, but then produce side shoots all the way through till February, and because of the cooler temperatures they grow slower and we are not overwhelmed.
I also grow cauliflowers similarly. The variety All Year Round sown at the beginning of July head up in November in the tunnel and I sow some more in October for heading up in Feb/March.
Spring cabbage I sow in mid August and winter lettuce at the beginning of September (lettuce will go in the hydroponics)
Round seeded early peas I sometimes sow in the autumn, but I've found that spring sown ones mature only a week or two later, so I only autumn sow if I have spare space, and the same goes for broad beans.

Other than that I grow tomatoes, spring onions and French beans indoors for an over winter crop, but you need a south facing window for that and an understanding wife. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Growing vegetables all year round

Post: #284827 ina
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:37 am

I've actually had veg all through winter - more or less unintentionally... I still pick some of last years rocket every day now! A mild winter meant various stuff survived that would normally have come to an end at some point. On the other hand, a so far rather cold summer means that not a lot of new stuff has grown...
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Re: Growing vegetables all year round

Post: #284830 mamos
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:54 am

We did have purple sprouting broccoli and chard all through the winter

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Re: Growing vegetables all year round

Post: #284832 Green Aura
Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:04 am

We keep planning for all year round veg in the polytunnel. Then life, and mother nature, keep interfering. This last year we had salad leaves, carrots, beetroot and psb in the polytunnel and kale in the garden.

Unfortunately the storms put paid to the polytunnel crops (except the psb) but we've been picking the kale up unitl a few weeks ago and I'm just about to pull it all up after we harvested a black bin liner full of seed heads :shock:

The dreadful summer has meant everything is much later than usual and we're already several weeks :shock: behind you so it looks like we might be picking summer stuff in the autumn anyway. :(
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