The light, weather and temperature are perfect for growing a variety of vegetables in your gardens. If you’re new to gardening, then here’s some dirt you’ll definitely want to dig to make a green start to the new year.
List of vegetables that thrive in December & January
Number one on our list is the most-loved Radish, a perfect salad ingredient. This winter-loving plant gives the best flavour and texture when grown in cooler months. Radishes are easy-to-grow root vegetables that can be planted multiple times in the growing season. It requires around 22-70 days to harvest. Complete crop harvesting before the season gets warm. Grab your batch of radish seeds here.
You can sow spinach seeds on the cool days of January. The health benefits of these luscious green leaves are multiple. Spinach is rich in iron, vitamins and antioxidants. The crop can be harvested within 6-8 weeks of planting. Here’s more on how to grow spinach at home in India.
A quick salad crop, lettuce is harvested within a few weeks of seeding. These nutritious greens are easy to grow and love cooler temperatures. The best time to plant these greens is late December or early January. Read on how to grow lettuce at home to get a bountiful supply of crisp salad greens throughout the winter season.
Capsicum thrives in the winter season. An ideal time to start planting this colourful vegetable in your gardens is in the early days of January. Rich in vitamin A, C, and E, this green veggie is easy to grow at home. Pick a sunny spot that receives 4-5 hours of sunlight to grow your capsicums. Read more to learn how to grow capsicum at home.
Komatsuna, a member of the Brassica family, is sometimes referred to as mustard spinach for its unique flavour that lies somewhere in between mustard and lettuce. Komatsuna can bear cold temperatures and matures in about 40 days of planting, making it an ideal plant to grow in January. Komatsuna needs nitrogen, adding nitrogen-rich supplements to your soil will help the plant thrive. Pick a sunny spot and well-drained soil to plant this salad green.
Shop seed varieties to sow in your kitchen garden during December-January
A quick grower, tatsoi gets ready to be harvested within 45 days of planting. Although the plant prefers cooler temperatures, tatsoi seeds should be sown in a spot with well-drained soil and where there's an ample amount of sunlight. It is better to start the seeds indoors and transplant the young seedlings earlier than three weeks to their final position.
Another favourite salad ingredient, Mizuna thrives in the cold weather. These easy-to-grow crops fall under the cut-and-grows-again category. The baby leaves get ready to be harvested within 20 days of planting. However, the fully grown leaves take about 40 days to come to the harvesting stage. Buy Mizuna seeds for your garden here.
A look-alike of lettuce, Best time to sow endive seeds in the cooler months like January. However, the plant requires 2-3 hours of full sunlight to grow well. Growing Endive in warmer months will not only make the greens bolt but also taste bitter. The plant requires well-drained soil and will get ready to be harvested within 40-50 days of planting.
A classic that appears in many recipes all around the world, coriander seeds thrive in well draining soil. Since coriander is used so frequently in large quantities everyday, you’ll benefit from succession planting it every two weeks to keep that fresh coriander coming. Plant coriander seeds ¼ to ½ inches deep in a partially sunny location and thin seedlings to 10 to 12 inches apart. Learn more about growing coriander from seeds with our guide.
Now that your list is all ready and December is already here, we say, get growing. Bring home rich heirloom, non-GMO seeds from AllThatGrows and start your gardening journey today!