Prepare your winter crops: Patrick Whitefield on the art of hardening plants

Daniel Dobbie
Saturday, 17th August 2013

Although most crops are already in the ground and beginning to harvest, now is a good time to sow your winter and early spring crops to make sure they are hardy for the cold weather.

Once these are big enough to plant out they will need hardening off to prepare them for outside conditions. Here Patrick Whitefield explains the best way to harden plants off as well as showing the best way to plant out in a no-dig garden.

Patrick also shows companion planting and gives advice on when best to intercrop.

Patrick Whitefield is an experienced permaculture teacher and author of five books, including the permaculture classic The Earth Care Manual. For infomation about his residential and online courses please see

Further resources

Patrick Whitefield on the art of growing healthy plants

Patrick Whitefield on the art of watering seedlings and slug prevention

Polyculture: higher yields; less water

Using a microclimate: plants on a duck roof

How to grow and look after winter herbs