Winter Greens Tips

What are the best greens to be sowing in autumn and winter?

All are great, but darkest green varieties have the highest nutritional value!

All Mesclun Blends:
  • Direct sow as opposed to transplant
  • Sprinkle in rows
  • Successive sowing for continuous supply
NB: Mesclun Winter Greens is a blend of Minutina (feathery leaf) and Arugula (scalloped leaf) which are both spicy and nutty in flavour and Miners Lettuce (rounded leaf) which is more mild.
  • All perennial European varieties which grow in the wild
  • Prefer cooler climates and will grow in the shade
  • Very tiny seed goes a long way
Asian Brassica types:
Misome, Mibuna and Mizuna – all fast-growing and can be eaten raw in salads or sautéed or stir-fried.

  • “hot” ones like Giant Red
  • “milder” ones are Mustard Streaks and Komatsuna Mustard Spinach
  • All more mild at the baby leaf stage
European Brassica types:

Kale: intensifies in colour with the cold. The darker they are, the more nutritious they become.

Other Greens:
Spinach for Baby Leaf (more rounded leaf)Medley, Santana, Winter Giant

Spinach for Bunching (Asian pointed leaf style)Summer Green F1 and Upright F1

Other Spinach (not suitable for cooler temps)NZ Spinach (high in Vitamin C), Malabar Spinach, Strawberry Spinach (more a novelty variety).

Corn Salad – harvest with the roots on, will be sweeter in the cooler months.

Lettuce – less bitter in the cooler months.

Rocket and Arugula


Tops of Root Crops – pick the tender young leaves of the following root crops for tasty greens – Radish, Beetroot, Turnip, Carrot.
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