Creating a winter vegetable garden that is also a summer vegetable garden is not particularly difficult. It requires solid, sensible planning to be a success, and from there a bit of common sense and regular maintenance, mixed in with a bit of effort, will work wonders.

There are also a few things you need to know to help you with your planning of a winter vegetable garden. Find out the first date when there’s likely to be frost. This is not an exact science, but some historical data, coupled with local knowledge, can go a long way here. You will also need to know the growing and maturing time of the vegetables you plan to grow. That gives you a time scale to work with. Your winter vegetable garden needs to have hardy plants that can survive the harsh conditions of winter.

Once your summer vegetables have been harvested, it becomes time to think about growing vegetables that will survive the bitter conditions of winter. There are a more limited range of vegetables to grow in winter as opposed to summer, but if you make the most of what you can do, you may be surprised at how good it can turn out.

Your winter vegetable garden needs to have a crop of vegetables that can survive low temperatures, perhaps as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius. Broccoli, kale, leeks and Brussels sprouts are the vegetables that will probably make up the bulk of your winter garden. These are good, solid, no-nonense kind of vegetables, packed with solid goodness, and they provide a wonderfully appetising and nourishing addition to any meal.

Planting your winter vegetable garden should begin in spring. If possible, use a separate nursery seed bed area that will not compete directly with your summer vegetable crop. When the summer vegetables have been harvested in June or July, the winter crop can be moved in the spaces left where they will mature fully.

Leeks are especially useful in a garden. The plants can be left in the ground and only removed when they are actually needed. In this way they are as fresh as possible when you eat them. You can protect your vegetables from the worst effects of frost by using a fleece covering, but remember that Brussels sprouts can actually taste better if they are subjected to at least one frost attack.

Creating a vegetable garden that can serve you in summer and in winter is not too difficult. It requires a certain degree of planning, and of course, the necessary work. However, it will mean that you can have fresh vegetable literally all year round. If you don’t already have a winter vegetable garden, isn’t it time you did?