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Vegetables to Plant in Autumn

vegetables to plant in autumn uk

vegetables to plant in autumn uk

I’ve been researching what vegetables to plant in autumn lately, as our allotment is currently winding down for summer.  I want it to keep us in at least some vegetables over the colder months ahead, and get a head start for the growing season next year!

According to my (currently untested!) research, here are some vegetables which you can plant in autumn.  I’ll update this post later with what we found to be successful and what wasn’t.  Fingers crossed we won’t have too many disasters!

Some of these vegetables will give you a yield later in the autumn, others will be ready come spring/summer.

Vegetables To Plant In Autumn Outdoors

vegetables to plant in autumn

As I just mentioned, a lot of these vegetables won’t come good until next spring/summer, but it’s always good to get a head start!  For example, planting broad beans and peas in autumn and overwintering them will see you with crops of beans and peas about four weeks earlier than if you’d planted them in spring.  Likewise with spring onion (as long as you plant winter hardy varieties).

Other vegetables like onions, shallots and garlic have a really long growing cycle, so you need to plant them in autumn in order to be able to harvest them come summer.  Likewise, asparagus has a very long growing cycle – planted from seed in the autumn it shoots up in spring, but then takes two years before you’re able to make the first harvest.  As I love asparagus so much it’s a timeframe I’d be happy with to have my own homegrown asparagus!

With spinach, the ground should still be warm enough to plant seeds directly into the ground now.  You should be able to take leaves from the spinach up until mid-December, at which point you need to leave them with some growth on them until Spring.

Seed potatoes should be planted now (September) in pots, not directly into the ground.  When the first frosts strike, move the pots indoors – e.g. into a polytunnel – and you should get a harvest by Christmas time.

Vegetables To Plant In Autumn In a Polytunnel

If you’ve got a polytunnel then there are few vegetables you can plant in autumn that should hopefully grow quite well in the warmer temperatures.  Vegetables to try include:

Carrots

Kale

Lettuce

Pak Choi

Have you grown any of these vegetables over the autumn before?  How did you get on?  And would you add any other vegetables to this list?  Let me know in the comments below!

ps: if you’re not into growing your own vegetables, here’s what fruit and vegetables are in season in September, October and November so you can still eat seasonally!

pps: I’ve been really enjoying watching Gemma Garner’s allotment progress on her instagram.  Recommended if you’re into growing your own!

Garden, Home and Garden

Five Green Roof Ideas

green roof ideas

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

After some green roof ideas?  I’ve got five for you today!

I’ve mentioned before that our new garden is essentially a tiny concrete yard.  It’s all laid to slabs with a small border around the sides for plants.  We’ve recently added a small bike shed to the space to house our bikes, and with it’s gently sloping roof I can’t help but think it would be perfect to build a green roof on to help inject a bit of greenery into an otherwise fairly barren space.

I found the initial idea here, when I spotted this picture:

green roof ideas

Photo Credit: Organic Roofs / homify

It’s actually a bike store slash log store in what looks like a small concrete garden.  You can see why it got my brain whirring!

I’ve since found five move green roof ideas on good old Pinterest that I thought I’d share in case you’re looking for some green roof inspiration too:

5 Green Roof Ideas

bike shed green roof

Found via Pinterest on Melissa Jolly.

This bike shed is more in the style of ours.  I love the use of alpine plants.

As far as green roof ideas go, I love the idea of this second picture:

green roof bug hotel

Source: Greener Places

A bug hotel on a grand scale with a green roof (and even a green chimney!).  How cool would this be in the corner of an allotment?

green roof chicken coop

Source: Rebecca’s Bird Gardens

This chicken coop with a green roof is beyond lovely!

green roof bin storage

Source: Lisa Cox Designs

This is a clever and bespoke way to hide your bins, and a great way to incorporate a green roof into a small area.

green roof bird houses

 Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Finally, in the last of my green roof ideas, adding a green roof to a bird house or feeder is a great way to add some greenery if you don’t have any outdoor space at all!

The best this is that as well as bring greenery into a small space, green roofs are great for the environment and can be fairly cheap to install.

There are a couple of things to consider when you’re building a green roof.  You’ll need to consider whether your structure can take the weight of the green roof (as well as the weight of the water that the soil will hold when it rains or when it’s watered) and you’ll also need to consider drainage issues.  I think we’ll need to reinforce our bike shed if we do go down the green roof route.  We didn’t spend a great deal of money on the shed and let’s just say it’s a little on the flimsy side!

Do you have a green roof?  Tell all!