It’s been a very mild October this year and although the year is drawing to a close, vegetable growing continues, albeit at a slower pace.
- Usually November means the hard frosts have started and it’s now time to harvest winter cabbages and cauliflowers.
- Early Brussels sprouts will be ready for picking.
- Lift and store remaining root crops such as carrots, sweet, beetroot and turnips.
- Parsnips can stay in the ground but if the weather turns really cold they need to be covered so you can still get them out of the ground.
- Clear out any crop remains and add them to the compost heap.
- Check any vegetables in storage for rot - potatoes especially need checking.
- October and November are good months for double digging – incorporating manure into the bottom of the trench and then deepening your topsoil.
- November is perfect for planting up new fruit trees, however don’t plant if the ground is frosted or very wet.
- Lastly, get planting rhubarb, asparagus, garlic and onions without delay!