Last year I grew them successfully on straw and manure spread on the ground on top of cardboard.
The ground was in perfect condition afterwards for digging in a new Rhubarb bed.
A cut and come again crop.
Here it is growing outdoors during the winter.
The frost may set it back but it grows again quickly from the root.
Eat young leaves as salad or
Swiss Chard in the tunnel today…Ruby Chard
You can sow directly into the soil, but I prefer to start almost everything off in pots to give them some strength to resist the slugs!
Dark Ruby Chard has over-wintered well in the tunnel
The stalks are marvellously coloured and can be white, as above, yellow, red, and orange, so they can look great in flower beds too!
Beetroot grows easily and stays in the ground over winter, so can be harvested without fuss.
If left in the ground until the following spring, you will be able to harvest some young leaves from the plant too.
Great in Juices too!
Parsley…a biennial, so will over-winter perfectly and not be set back by frost if protected just a little, like above, using an old bottom-less bread tin.
Pumpkin and Butternut Squash…I grew these from saved seeds from the previous year.
Just make sure that the soil is enriched with lots of well rotted manure, or good compost, for they are hungry plants!
Pumpkins…grow the same as Butternut Squash…the more enriched the soil, the bigger they grow…so, watch out!
Apples…invest in a few apple trees…fruit trees will never let you down!
blackcurrants…the gardens at Bealtaine are infested with them!