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Thursday 1 October 2020

The Vegetable Plot - October

 Gimme shelter (or leave no stone unturned)

There is a surprising number of crops you can grow now if you have a sheltered area in the vegetable patch. You can get an early crop of peas by sowing overwintering cultivars under cloches for protection. 

The same goes for salad mixes which will grow quickly when sown in autumn under glass or cloche. Hardy lettuces can be succession sown outdoors along with overwintering varieties in cold frames. 

Under glass, plant cauliflowers grown from seed to overwinter. Sow broad beans this month and in November for next year’s harvest. Lift maincrop potatoes now, dry and store them along with turnips in a frost-free place. If you have grown artichokes cut back the yellowing leaves and stems.

  • Earth up celery and leeks
  • Harvest maincrop apples
  • Hoe weed in beds 
  • Turn the soil in cleared beds
  • Lift carrots, beetroot and turnips
  • Protect soft fruit with a fruit cage
  • Start garlic cloves in pots under glass 

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