The top five crops to grow this autumn

The top five crops to grow this autumn


Posted 26th October by Peter Byrne


What are you growing in your garden this autumn?

Dobbies Garden Centre compiles a handy list which talks us through the top five crops for our garden this autumn. Whether you're in a vast garden, an allotment or have a patio and a pot to play with, there are numerous possibilities and perks for growing your own.

1 Carrots

A popular cool-season option, carrots were originally cultivated because they would grow faster than elongated classic varieties, and would be easier to store. Coping in both thin or stony soils, they have a shallow root system, and, for that reason, would perform well in troughs and containers. With an outstanding flavour and crunchy texture, carrots are also one of the most useful vegetables too. They can freeze and store well too, but, like most vegetables, will taste better when they're freshly picked from either the allotment or the garden.

They'll grow best in loose, broken down soil - if it's grown in the shelter of a greenhouse, they can be grown almost all year round.

2 Lettuce

If you choose the right varieties, you can have lettuce available almost all year. There are two main types - hearting lettuces, which have a dense centre, or loose-leaf lettuces, which have open leaves and no heart. Another option will be to grow a variety of salad leaves that can be picked while young and tender on a 'cut and come again' basis. There will be varying textures and flavours that grow in your garden or allotment, which will mix together in a nice salad.

They grow best in:

Good drainage is necessary for growing winter lettuce as seedlings will freeze and die if they're left standing in pools of water. A sheltered, sunny position is important so the seedlings are protected from winter winds, and will be able to make the best of milder spells. A sunnier position will mean the frosted ground will thaw more quickly.

3 Cabbage

Cabbage is a hardy, nutritious and delicious vegetable. Coming in many different shapes and colours, it's possible to grow different varieties so you can pick them fresh almost all year. They also have numerous helpful nutritional properties, and, as it's high in vitamins B, C and E.

They grow best in:

Cabbage grows best in a rich, well-prepared soil and has plenty of compost or manure. You should make sure the soil is appropriate in your allotment, or top it with appropriate compost.

4 Beetroot

Beetroot are cool season vegetables that are easy and quick to grow. They're ideal for anyone new to vegetable gardening as they're not effected by many pests or diseases. They can also be harvested when the roots are young, tender and are about the size of a golf ball for 'baby beets' or left to mature. The leaves can also be eaten as both its leaves and roots are high in nutrients, which is why it has recently been dubbed a 'Super Food' by nutritionists.

They grow best in:

Beetroot will fare best during cooler months. It will require consistent moisture and well-drained, aerated, fertile soil which has had plenty of well-rotted organic material.

5 Spinach

One of the most satisfying cool-weather crops to grow, spinach can produce large amounts of vitamin-rich, dark green leaves which will either be eaten raw or will be used in cooking. It has a distinct flavour, with an almost metallic taste, and has been heralded as a 'good for you' vegetable. Spinach can be grown to yield a crop all year round, making it a useful vegetable to grow when other greens are in short supply.

They grow best in:

Spinach fares best when grown in moist, nitrogen-rich soil with good drainage.





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