Gail’s Autumn Garden favourites

It seems like a strange time to be thinking about winter veges when it’s so hot outside but it’s critical to get some crops in soon (February, March and April) if you want them to be ready to harvest over winter. So while you still need to keep liquid feeding, watering and harvesting your summer crops you also need to sow the following: cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale, lettuce, onions, swedes, turnips, parsley, welsh bunching onions, silverbeet, chard, orach, celery, peas, miner’s lettuce, corn salad, leeks, carrots, beetroot and parsnips.

My ‘wouldn’t be without’ list is:

Henry Harrington’s Chinese Cabbage which is just delicious raw in salad, stir fried or added to soups and stews.

Asian Mesclun Mix or Deep Purple mustard – small leaves for salads and larger leaves as bitter greens in stir fries or stews.


Cabbage January King for all things needing cabbage including sauerkraut.


Scarlet Ohno Turnips – just delicious



Endive Indiva Scarola for salads



As many carrots as we can grow (my favourite is Yellow Austrian Llobericher)



Aomaru koshin radishes for lactic pickles, salads and cooked.


Guernsey parsnips because we love parsnips roasted or in soup and because if some are left for next spring to go to seed they look magnificent and are great for the bees.

Leeks because they are great but also in case we have an onion gap.


Dalmatian parsley for garnishing as a herb but also for using more as vegetable adding big handfuls to soups, stews or stir fries.

Dalmatian cabbage for rich, dark greens.



Beetroots particularly Bulls Blood and Cylindrical for salads, cooked and for juicing with apples and ginger or turmeric.

Sutton’s Dwarf Broad Beans – because we love broad beans in the Spring and need to plant in April or they struggle to produce in the hot spring/early summer weather.

Our list of Autumn seeds that are available plus lots of information can be found on our website