Gardening Q&A: winter veg and herbs

Horticultural advice from the experts at the RHS
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Question: I'd like to grow some vegetables and herbs over winter, in pots. Can you suggest anything suitable?

Answer: There are vegetables and herbs that you can grow in containers over winter, but many require sowing or planting earlier in the season to crop in the coldest months. However, if the compost in the pots is not frozen, you can still sow broad beans and plant garlic.

Woody herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme will also bear a few shoots. Likewise, pots of mint brought into a greenhouse, cool windowsill or porch will sprout happily.

Otherwise, try to get ahead next year and grow kales, winter cabbages such as January King, sprouting broccoli and parsley.

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