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Wednesday 31 October 2012

The Vegetable Plot - NOVEMBER

Chicory sown in June should be ready to dig up and force in pots, kept at about 13°C (55°F). 

Make a crop rotation plan as you dig over the ground. Divide the plot into sections and move the crops around in rotation. 

Endive in frames can be blanched now, using sacking thickly covering a frame to exclude light. 

There’s not a great deal to sow at this time but if you don’t have a green house you could make an outdoor sowing of broad beans in a sheltered place. Hardy peas may also be worth a try. 

In late November Jerusalem artichokes should have finished growing and can be lifted and stored in the same way as potatoes. 

A portion of your parsnip and horseradish crop can be lifted and stored before the ground freezes. The rest will be fine left in the ground. 

Rhubarb may be forced from now on and through the winter. Fruit trees are best planted in late autumn to early winter and it’s time to finish winter pruning of fruit trees and bushes.
  • Protect cauliflowers 
  • Plant fruit tree and bushes 
  • Force rhubarb, seakale, chicory, endive 
  • Prune early and maincrop vines
  • Cut and store grapes

Gardener’s notes:

Crops in season include: Jerusalem artichoke, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, kohl rabi, leeks, parsnips, spinach

Under glass: French beans, cucumbers, mustard & cress, radish, endive, lettuce

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