Sometimes it is hard to think about veg that will be harvested next year especially when there is so much to do in the garden in May, but with a bit of planning you could be reaping the rewards in ‘The Hungry Gap’ of Winter & Spring.
Listed below are some of the varieties that can be sown in May to fill ‘the hungry gap’ when there is little homegrown veg available in the veg plot.
- Kale Black Tuscany
- Cabbages Red Drumhead
- Parsnip Gladiator
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli Red Arrow
- Cauliflower All The Year Round
- Kale Red Russian
Other than sowing the seed and a bit of weeding these Hungry Gap crops virtually look after themselves, they thrive on cold weather and cope well with a bit of neglect. They do occupy the soil for a long time but intercrop with quick growing veg like lettuce or radishes to make the most use of the veg patch.
There is a real sense of achievement when digging up your own Parsnips for Christmas dinner, of making a homegrown warming Vegetable Soup in the middle of Feb or eating the freshest possible tender succulent stems of Purple Sprouting Brocoli in Spring.