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Wednesday 1 November 2017

The Vegetable Plot - November

"Growing your own food is like printing your own money" Ron Finley

What is in season this month? Beetroot, butternut squash, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery, leeks you’ve lifted after a good frost, chestnuts and chicory, could be lifting and storing Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, horseradish and salsify. If you have room in your garden you could be planting fruit trees and bushes, apples, pears, plums and cherries – peaches even, nectarines and apricots.

What about some standards in containers or espalier along a fence or trellis? Every bit of room in the vegetable garden will, forgive us, bear fruit. And under glass you could be growing carrots, radishes, onions, French beans, lettuces, endive, mustard and cress. Think about how much money you save having vegetables and fruit from your own garden, space and time permitting.

Other jobs in November are no less productive – a good spell with the hoe will keep you warm and the weeds out of your patch. Oh, and those leeks we mentioned will keep for months in a bucket of compost in the garden shed or greenhouse.

  • Lift seakale and chicory for forcing 
  • Force rhubarb
  • Plant fruit trees and bushes
  • Finish winter pruning of fruit trees and bushes
  • Prune early and maincrop vines
  • Protect cauliflowers
  • Dig up and force chicory in pots kept at 13°C (55°F).c

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