It might seem like Winter is the worst time to grow veggies in South Africa… Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth! The cooler temperatures means that you don’t have to water it as much, and pests are very rarely a nuisance during these colder months.

But what exactly should you be planting? Here are our top 5 picks of vegetables to grow in Winter:

  1. Garlic

This is an easy vegetable to grow in Winter and grows best in rich soil with lots of compost. Be sure to plant your little seedlings in trays before you transfer them outdoors. It will usually be ready to harvest around early Springtime.

  1. Cauliflower

Another great Winter vegetable! Plant these seedlings at a distance apart in rich, fertilised soil. But be very careful to not allow it to dry out. Even sunshine will allow cauliflower curds to discolour, so be sure to tie the leaves together to protect it.

  1. Green onions

Green onions are extremely versatile but the top pick for Winter would be the scallions. They are reliant on the fertility of the soil for the best growth instead of the conditions of the environment.

  1. Snap peas

These are easy vegetables to grow if you follow the correct method. Make sure you sow the seeds into the ground at a distance apart, keeping the ground moist. Insert a device for the pea plant to climb up and pick them as soon as they produce pods. Keep in mind that extreme conditions like frost might kill the plants.

  1. Perpetual spinach

This vegetable grows very fast and is packed with vitamins! This means that you will reap a great harvest with healthy leaves each season. Remember to remove the flowers to encourage fresh leaves each time.

Now that you know more about the best vegetables to grow in Winter, you can get out that shovel and start gardening! After all, there’s nothing better than enjoying fresh vegetables right in your backyard!