8 Best Vegetables to Grow in November

8 Best Vegetables to Grow in November Use our list of the best vegetables to grow in November to help plan your winter garden. Get vegetable planting advice & product recommendations from WM James!

There is a fantastic choice of vegetables to grow in November that can keep your kitchen stocked with fresh, home-grown produce throughout the winter months.

Whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out, now is the perfect time to start planning and planting your winter garden.

We’ve rounded up 8 of our go-to vegetables to grow in November, along with some expert tips and product recommendations to help you get the healthiest, thriving plants possible.

In this guide, we'll look at:

  1. Radishes
  2. Spinach Greens
  3. Spring Onions
  4. Winter Lettuces
  5. Early Sprouting Broccoli
  6. Garlic
  7. Brussels Sprouts
  8. Hardy Kale

8 Simple & Tasty Vegetables to Grow in November

Many of the veggies you sow will be ready to harvest in late winter or early spring, giving you a head start on the growing season.

They’re also very easy to grow and tend to, so you don’t need to be an Alan Titchmarsh or Monty Don to successfully grow them.

Vegetables to Grow in November When to Harvest
Radishes 3-4 weeks after sowing
Spinach Greens 6-10 weeks after sowing
Spring Onions When the plants are 15cm tall
Winter Lettuces When the head is mature
Early Sprouting Broccolis When the flower shoots are well-developed
Garlic When the leaves have turned yellow
Brussels Sprouts 90-180 days after sowing
Hardy Kale When the plant is about 30cm tall

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1. Speedy Radishes

Among the fastest-growing vegetables, quick-maturing – or speedy – radishes can form rounded, harvest-ready roots within just 3-4 weeks after sowing – suiting November's diminishing sunlight levels.

Cherry Belle, French Breakfast or Champion radishes will readily produce smooth, brilliant roots well into autumn without bolting or splitting.

The Best Garden Fleece for Your Winter Veg

It’s worth thinking about using garden fleece for these plants in the case of frost damaging the foliage.

Our Horticultural Garden Fleece is brilliant for this, and you can purchase it by the metre so you get as much or as little as you need to blanket your radishes.

It’s made with a UV-stabilised 17gsm polypropylene fabric, protecting against frost, hail, and pesky insects while still allowing moisture and air to reach your plants.

Simply drape it over the top of your plants, staking it into the ground or fixing it to an existing frame (if you have one).

radishes

2. Perpetual Spinach

Perpetual spinach is perfect for late-season planting. These hardy greens can withstand cooler temperatures and even light frosts, but we still recommend using a fleece protector if it becomes too harsh.

This leafy green will actually continue to grow throughout the winter, providing you with a fresh supply of tasty greens. And if you live in a milder climate, it can even survive until spring!

These will be ready for harvesting approximately 6 to 10 weeks after sowing. You’ll be able to tell when it’s ready to pick when the leaves are a deep, dark green.

spinach

3. Flavourful Spring Onions

While spring onions are most commonly associated with spring and summer, they can also be grown in the fall and even winter. These tasty onions are quick to grow and add a delicious kick to any dish.

Evergreen White Lisbon varietals withstand cold temperatures without the growth-stalling setbacks that other vegetable families experience as November’s biting weather and light levels start kicking in.

Shallots also demonstrate hardy growing properties reliably without the premature bolting tendencies transitional periods between autumn and true winter pose to other inconsistent alliums commonly.

For best results, sow successionally and allow 4-6 weeks from planting to bulbing.

spring onions

4. Winter Hardy Lettuces

Hardy lettuces are a staple for any winter garden. While most lettuces are associated with spring and summer, there are varieties that can thrive in colder temperatures. With proper protection, these lettuces can even be grown during November.

Lettuce is a fast-growing vegetable that prefers cooler weather and can tolerate light frosts. Varieties like Arctic King and Winter Marvel can withstand freezing temperatures and still produce crisp, flavorful leaves.

Our Recommended Cold Frames

To grow hardy lettuces in the winter, it's important to provide them with adequate insulation and protection from harsh winds. This can be done by using a cold frame or hoop house to create a sheltered environment for your plants.

The Rowlinson Timber Garden Cold Frame is a fantastic option for extending the growing season and protecting your lettuces. It features a sturdy timber frame and a double lid, providing insulation and allowing sunlight to reach the plants.

Plus, the wood is pressure-treated against rot, so you don’t have to worry about it deteriorating in harsh weather conditions.

lettuce

5. Early Sprouting Broccolis

Beyond the familiar green or purple-headed broccoli varieties, certain cold-hardy sub-types called sprouting broccolis can offer a great secondary harvest of smaller clustered side shoots.

Red Star, White Star and Purple Star are exemplary sprouting broccoli cultivars, and they thrive when started undercover by late summer and transplanted between November and March, typically to make sure they keep growing well.

When the flower shoots are well-developed, they’ll be ready to harvest.

spouting broccoli

6. Hardneck Garlic Varieties

Garlic is a great little crop because it takes up very little space and you can get several harvests from a single planting.

Hardneck varieties, like Rocambole and Porcelain, are good for planting in November or early December and harvesting in late spring or early summer. They typically offer larger cloves than softneck varieties, making them easier to peel and use in the kitchen.

Remember to separate planted cloves by 2-3 inches below the soil, which will eventually develop into more impressive compound bulb clusters below the surface through extensive root formations. This will help them to prosper in spite of the frost and the cold.

garlic

7. Brussels Sprouts

There are some late varieties of Brussels sprouts that can be planted in November and harvested in the following spring, making them great for springtime meals.

They will hit total maturity size potential 90-180 days after sowing. It’s also important to give them plenty of space, as they can grow up to 3 feet tall.

Top Tip: Invest in a Vegetable Cage!

If you have the space in your garden or allotment, a vegetable cage or net structure can be super helpful in keeping your Brussels sprouts protected from birds and pests.

Our Low Aluminium, and Steel Veg Cages are excellent, and the top choice with gardeners across the UK. You can choose your custom length and width, and the cages are easy to assemble and disassemble, making them versatile for any garden size.

Plus, they have a height of 1.2 metres above the ground, which gives plenty of space for Sprouts that grow to the full 3 feet.

Our Vegetable Cages...

brussels sprouts

8. Hardy Russian Kale Varieties

Reigning supreme among peak-season Kale types, fast-growing Russian Kale varieties help bridge nutritional hunger gaps when there’s less sunlight in the winter.

Dwarf Siberian Kale lives up to its namesake admirably – producing famously frilled, plentiful leaves that will resist punishing sub-zero temperatures and frost remarkably.

It thrives where other leafy vegetable greenery falters against the coming onslaught of worsening winter weather harshness.

But Russian Kale leaves endure courageously despite subsequent November plantings and withstand the challenging peak winter conditions.

Kale is full of vitamins and minerals, so make sure that you give it the best opportunity to grow.

kale

Conclusion: Growing Your Winter Veg With WM James

Despite the colder temperatures, November still offers you the chance to extend your gardening season and enjoy a range of fresh, nutrient-rich vegetables.

With the help of our tips and our incredible range of garden planting structures, you can produce a thriving winter garden and enjoy the benefits of homegrown produce all year round.

Be sure to shop our range of garden plant fleece, cold frames and vegetable cages to give your winter vegetables the best chance of success!

FAQs

What Fruit Can You Grow in November?

Bare-root fruit trees, such as apple and pear, are a good choice to grow in November. These trees will start to grow when the temperatures increase in spring.

Can You Grow Carrots in November?

Yes, carrot seeds can be sown outside in November. You should sow the seeds in rows and place them under cloches.

Do Potatoes Grow All Year Round?

Yes, potatoes can be grown all year round and can even be grown indoors during the colder months. You should place the potatoes in a bright and sunny spot if planting them indoors.