Overwintering Trial – Onions, Garlic & Broad Beans

It has now been over a month since we started our wintering trials. Progress is as follows:

Broad Beans

(Click to see our introduction to our broad bean trial here)

November Update - Broad Beans

Our broad beans have raced away in the relatively warm late October / early November weather. All are looking in fine health, and none have so far been eaten or attacked by pests.

We planted an equal number of seeds for all varieties in the test, and a quick head count shows the following:

  • 15 Seedlings of Aquadulce Claudia
  • 15 Seedlings of Luz De Otono
  • 19 Seedlings of De Monica

So congratulations to De Monica! But we now await the onset of the cold weather. The real test is whether our plants have developed sufficient strength to withstand the winter ahead.

Broad Bean Varieties

These varieties have been selected from the range of Suttons Seeds. You may like to see all their broad bean varieties here.

Overwintering Broadbeans - Aquadulce Claudia

Aquadulce Claudia


A traditional variety that has been used for autumn sowing all over the UK for generations. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.
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Overwintering Broadbeans - Luz de Otono

Luz de Otono


A vigorous bean with good cold resistance suitable for overwintering.
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Overwintering Broadbeans - Robin Hood

Robin Hood


How about growing broad beans on the patio? Have a spare pot or two after the summer flowers?
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Overwintering Broadbeans - De Monica

De Monica


Early maturing variety with long pods. Grows well in low light conditions.
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Garlic

(Click to see our introduction to our garlic trial here)

November Update - Garlic

Out of our three overwintering vegetables, garlic is the one vegetable that is best planted in the autumn. On the whole germination has not proven to be a problem – except for one variety – our own!

  • Elephant garlic
  • Avignon white
  • Champion white
  • Champion purple
  • Casa L2LAllotmenting

Four of the five varieties are all in rude health – the exception being Casa L2LAllotmenting (our homegrown garlic from last year). This may be due to the garlic not liking being stored in our warm kitchen prior to planting, or that it was the only row that we decided not to cover with a net (leaving the possibility of being lifted by birds). However, we are still hopeful that the cloves are simply slow starters, and they were the smallest of all the cloves sown.

Garlic Varieties

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Hardneck Varieties

Garlic Purple Wight

Purple Wight


Crops early (June) and stores reasonably well (until Christmas).
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Garlic Sultop

Sultop


High yielding variety with a strong taste and easy to peel cloves. Virus-free French variety.
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Garlic Vayo

Vayo


Large cloves with a great flavour.
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Softneck Varieties

Garlic Arno

Arno


A first-class softneck variety that has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Virus-free French variety.
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Garlic Germidour

Germidour


Violet coloured skin and white cloves. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Virus-free French variety.

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Garlic Messidrome

Messidrome


An excellent cooking variety owing to its flavour. Virus-free French variety.
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Garlic Solent Wight

Solent Wight


Large bulbs that are well adapted to the British climate.
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Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic


Mild flavoured garlic with jumbo sized bulbs. Excellent baked in oven (roasted in skin).
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Onions

(Click to see our introduction to our onion trial here)

November Update - Onions

Spring is the most common time to plant onions, but we have planted two varieties recommended for autumn planting, plus one variety of shallots:

  • Onion Set Troy
  • Onion Set Electric (red onion)
  • Shallot Yellow Moon

The onions have done well with good germination rates – however, there are not a lot of shallots! In fact, like our homegrown garlic, none have yet appeared. We are hopeful that a period of cold weather may spur them into growth.

Onion Varieties

The following onion varieties are suitable for overwintering. These have been selected from Suttons Seeds, or see their whole onion range here.

Overwintering Onions - Early Crop Radar

Early Crop Radar


Harvest from mid-May. Mild taste. Pale mid-brown skin.
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Overwintering Onions - Electric

Electric


Harvest May/June. Good flavour. Pink flesh.
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Overwintering Onions - Senshyu Yellow

Senshyu Yellow


Harvest in July. Japanese variety. Heavy crops. Straw coloured.
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Overwintering Onions - Troy

Troy


Harvest June/July. Heavy crops of yellow skinned onions.
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See all onion varieties sold by Suttons Seeds.

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