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Mel Rimmer

That's a good list. I am also looking at winter veg. I grew butternut squash this year and it was a disaster - I didn't have much space and the huge plant sprawled all over my plot, shading out lots of other crops, and although quite a few fruit set none of them ripened before the first frost (turned out to be the only frost actually) killed the plant. So I'd advise giving it *plenty* of room, or cutting back lots of the vines, or training it up some kind of structure, or probably all three,


I have been really surprised by how easy fennel is to grow, how useful its leaves and the stubby "bulb" are in salads, and how long into the winter mine have lasted. I'll very definitely do these again.


I think you have the winter vegetables pretty much covered.

There are lots of interesting squashes and pumpkins, and the hard skinned or 'winter' varieties are mostly good keeping. In a recent seed saving post I mentioned you could save seeds from 4 different ones, if you choose them carefully.

I think spaghetti squash is really nice, and might be worth giving a try. This is a very American thing, and not commonly grown over here. You eat it by boiling it in water, gently scooping out the stringy insides with a fork and covering with spaghetti sauce of choice (pesto, tomato, butter, etc).

Slugs got my entire squash crop this year. I'm going to try again with copper barriers this year.

Mustardplaster http://mustardplaster.blogspot.com/ has some nice pictures of pumpkins.


Have you considered mizuna? I am planning to grow as part of my winter veg selection.

The Organic Gardening Catalogue has a chart showing sowing/harvesting times



I was going to suggest mizuna as well. Mine is holding up great in the winter weather. There are also several varieties of kale that might do well. Carrots are good for winter, too.

miss hathorn

I only have good things to say about squash. They are so versatile - sweet & savoury. Pies, muffins, risottos, soups, etc. I can really recommend the hubbards, buttercup, and Thelma Sanders sweet potato for good texture, flavour and keeping qualities. Another vegetable (my favourite)that stores well throughout winter is beetroot. I hope you have more success with celeriac than I do, mine only ever get to be about the size of a baseball(small grapefruit).


The secret of celeriac is the variety. I know several of them do well, but my favorite is Giant Prague. If you try one and it doesn't do well, than try a different one.

The other secret with celeriac is to start it indoors, and be careful not to put it out too early. It is a biennial, and if you put it out too early it can get confused and think it's gone through an extra growing season. If this happens it sometimes bolts right away, and sometimes just never develops full sized roots.

George Africa

Butternut squash is something Vermonters have to have in late fall on into winter. It was just traditional to fill the root cellar with acorn, butternut and buttercup plus a few blue hubbards and some pink banana squash. This was a poor year for squash and many were disappointed long about Thanksgiving when they couldn't find their favorite. We like acorn squash cut in half, seeded and then butter and maple syrup in the center so the squash absorbs the flavors during baking. Some add sausage to the mix too.

You asked John, how far Townsend Vt was from my home. It's about 120 miles south of here. Only by chance do I know the town librarian and her husband. Libraries/town halls/community centers are the hub of small Vermont towns.

Gardening wishes,

George Africa

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