November's veggie patch

Posted on: 17 November 2020 by 50connect editorial

It's cold and wet in the veggie patch but there's still work to be done. Chop chop, it's time to prep for next season.

November vegetable patch jobs

Novemeber's vegetable patch jobs are key preparation for the next growing season. The weather isn't the greatest but there's plenty to do, so get out your wellies and a warm sweater and get out there. After all, what else are you going to do in a lock down? 

Vegetable beds

  • Finish digging?
  • Mulch beds with horse manure (not carrot and parsnip)
  • Earth up Spring Cabbage - firm soil around plants
  • Sow hardy broad beans if you want a really early crop
  • Put tender herbs into pots and bring inside (eg French Tarragon)
  • Add lime, if necessary, to pea and bean beds, OR brassica beds (whichever is furthest from potatoes in your rotation plan

Fruit

  • Prune currant and gooseberry bushes - easier to see what you are doing after the leaves have fallen
  • Take cuttings of currants and gooseberries
  • Plant any new bushes and canes

What's in season?

  • Green Broccoli - Romanesco
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage - Winter and Savoy
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Parsnip
  • Spring Onions
  • Winter Radish
  • Salsify and Scorzonera
  • Swiss Chard
  • Swede
  • Turnips - main crop

By Gavin Keir

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