Planting in December?

You might not think that there is much planting to do in December. And it certainly isn’t the busiest time of the year when it comes to home growing. But that does not mean that there is no sowing and planting you can do at all.

One thing I like to do this month is sow some fast-growing winter greens on a windowsill indoors. We have plenty of stored produce and can still pick some things fresh from the polytunnel – and even the garden.

I like to sow a few seeds for micro-greens and side salads that lighten up what can be a rather stodgy winter diet. They are great for tossing on the side of a plate when we get a bit fed up of soups, stews, casseroles, and other warming meals and want something lighter.

Winter lettuces, cress, pea shoots and brassicas can grow fine into baby leaves or young shoots even when light levels are so low. You’ll be eating them so small you won’t need to worry about them getting leggy.

It is also nice to see something new, fresh, green and growing inside, rather than just seeing the foliage we bring indoors for Christmas decorations.

Of course, a few winter-grown leaves or shoots on a windowsill are not going to go far. But if you will be starting a new vegetable garden in the spring, it could be one way to get growing if you cannot wait that long.

My organic gardening course is almost full but I can squeeze in one or two more. So if you are interested, do not hesitate to get in touch soon. We’ll get started once January rolls around so you’ll be ready to get started in earnest come spring.

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