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If you were wondering, “What do I plant in the winter months ahead”? we have the answers right here.
If you think that the colder months aren’t great for growing vegetables, think again. In South Africa, April until the beginning of June is a great time to plant vegetables to grow in winter. You’ll be enjoying your very own home-grown vegetables, salad leaves and even some fruit for months to come using our very own durable, geo-textile fabric Saad Sak that can be purchased with, or without Velcro for easy harvesting and re-planting.
You do not have to worry about pests as much during the winter months, and you usually don’t have to water as much because of the cooler temperatures.
The seedlings must be planted about 60cm apart and grown in richly fertilized soil, which should never be allowed to dry out. Sow at intervals so that you can have fresh cauliflower throughout the year.
Fun fact… the head of the cauliflower is called the curd! Cauliflower is one of the best vegetables to grow in winter because you don’t have to worry about insects eating your crop when it’s cold!
Did you know? Many people believe that the idea of garlic as a deterrent to vampires began because they suck blood like mosquitoes do. Garlic was often used to repel mosquitoes during Bram Stokers era and before the era of chemical preparations and bug sprays. In modern day living, if a Tinder date is not going too well, order extra garlic to ward off any unwanted attention.
Garlic is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in winter. Start it off in seedling trays so they take root before you transplant them outdoors in your ’10ltr SAAD SAK’. Break the bulbs into cloves, push each clove into the compost and put in a warm bright spot. Keep the soil moist until shoots form, then plant outdoors later in May.
Your garlic should be ready to harvest in September, but you can also snip the green garlic shoots and use them in recipes as you would chives.
In Afrikaans, known as ‘sprietuie’.
They are planted as seedlings in the late fall and then harvested the next spring, thus the word “spring” in the name. Due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is an excellent medicine to fight against viral and influenza.
These mini sweet onions are easy and cheap to grow, but make sure you choose a variety that’s hardy in winter. Sow seeds from early autumn in your ‘10ltr SAAD SAK’ and they’ll be ready to harvest in late winter to early spring. They’re a must for your soups and salads.
They are grown by people focused on nutrition, or else used as both a visual and flavour component for salads. They’ll happily grow on a window sill in your ‘5ltr SAAD SAK’ over winter.
Follow the directions on the packet to sow — the leaves grow quickly and are ready to eat in just 15 days. Pick for salads OR sandwiches, usually at the first leaf stage.
Popeye, with his odd accent and improbable forearms, used spinach to great effect, a sort of anti-Kryptonite. It gave him his strength, and perhaps his distinctive speaking style. But why did Popeye eat so much spinach? Read more here.
This popular vegetable doesn’t do so well in summer, but loves autumn weather to grow. Sow your spinach seeds 15mm deep in rows 30cm apart and, as long as the weather isn’t really cold, they’ll germinate in 5 to 9 days. Harvest from July, picking smaller leaves for salads.
FEELING A LITTLE FRUITY…
Most fruit trees, like apple and pear, should be planted any time from April through winter. You need to buy a small but established tree, as it’s hard to grow good cropping trees from seed. Bare root trees are cheaper as it saves on bulky delivery, or small potted trees are a good choice.
Plant in your ‘20ltr SAAD SAK’ and harvest the fruit from late summer 2020.
Top winter veg tip: If you don’t have much space, mini trees such as dwarf citrus trees thrive in a Saad Sak.
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