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.

The Vegetables to Plant In Autumn Outdoors

vegetables to plant in autumn
  • asparagus
  • broad beans
  • garlic
  • onions
  • peas
  • shallots
  • spring onions
  • spinach

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 vegetables like 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. Therefore you need to plant these vegetables 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. And then at this 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.

What To Grow In The Polytunnel

If you’ve got a polytunnel then there are a 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!

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