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Food Security – Growing Winter Veg and Berries, Storing Root Crops

A garden can provide you with harvests throughout the year, even after the abundance of the Summer months and later crops such as apples and pumpkins in the Autumn. There are plenty of vegetables available to harvest during the cold Winter months, some of which can still be sown now in September. Our favourite Winter vegetables are generally greens and beets as these are frost hardy and don’t require processing or storage space in our pantry. Once food is harvested it begins to deteriorate quickly, but if used shortly after both the nutritional value and flavour are excellent. As we always say the best way to preserve food is to keep it alive until you’re going to eat it. Greens always make for a nice addition to storable carbs and meat for those Winter months. If you haven’t grown other crops that require a long maturation period such as potatoes and pumpkins, you can still avail of them in shops and store them in a cool, dark space over the Winter. No matter what time of year, you can always either start a new no dig garden or gather materials and smother the grass well in advance. Elderberry and Sloeberry Cordial and Wine recipes below.

Our Winter Selection is now available for pre-sale. This includes many of the perennial tubers and vegetables, berry, willow and poplar cuttings, as well as comfrey and much more. Visit our ONLINE SHOP to take a look. The first 100 pre-orders will include a free packet of our own red russian kale seeds, some giant oriental poppy seeds and a free lemon balm seedling.

If you’d like to support the work we do, please consider joining the Gardens for Life Support Community. Click HERE to read more about the benefits. Don’t forget Members get a year around 25% discount on everything we do.

Elderberry / flower Cordial – Homemade!

Making Country Wine (Sloe Berry)

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