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Friday 27 September 2019

The Vegetable Plot - October

Jack Frost is nipping at your nose

Vegetable like parsnips and celeriac actually benefit from a little frost so it’s no bad thing to leave them in a while longer. Carrots, beetroot and turnips, however, need lifting now. Potatoes should also come up and be allowed to dry before they are stored, preferably in paper bags or sacks.

Other vegetables can be stored in boxes of compost or slightly moist sand. Wash them thoroughly before use. You can be starting garlic cloves from seed bulbs in pots or modules in a cold frame. Cauliflower seedlings need pricking off and planted in a ventilated cold frame.

Soft fruit needs protection from the birds by erecting a fruit cage and use artificial heat to ripen any peaches, nectarines and apricots grown under glass.

If all that hasn’t warmed you up you could dig over any bare areas and prepare for planting.
  • Plant spring cabbages from early August sowings
  • Protect late crops (beans, courgettes, tomatoes) with horticultural fleece
  • Cut back asparagus
  • Cut back leaves and stems of globe artichokes
  • Gather the last apples and pears
  • Pick parsnips as you need them

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