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Monday 2 December 2019

The Vegetable Plot - December

Lost to frost

Late celery can be affected by hard frosts and heavy rain so it’s worth covering the ridges with dry straw and pegged down netting. Crops in season include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, endive, kale and leeks; and if you have a heated greenhouse you’re quid’s in with chicory, endive, lettuce, radish and rhubarb. Salad in December!

When you feel like a bit of exercise to counter the excess you can be digging over the vegetable patch, working in well-rotted manure and your own compost you made from all those grass cuttings and the horse poo you got from your friend’s muck heap. Prepare for planting runner beans , peas, leeks and marrows. Keep a separate area without compost for potatoes and carrots, they don’t like it too rich. Enjoy what you’ve planted, there’s nothing like home grown veg.

  • Firm down new plantings that have lifted in the frost
  • Plant new blackberry canes and prune old ones
  • Continue to force rhubarb
  • Check your stored vegetables and remove any rotted or diseased ones

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