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Wednesday 1 December 2021

The Vegetable Plot - December

 A hotbed of vegetables 

In Victorian times, gardeners used to make hotbeds in winter by filling a wooden compost container with horse manure covered with a layer of soil, mushroom compost and grit and placing the cold frame on top. The heat builds up underneath and you can sow early carrots, spinach, lettuces and turnips. 

Now you may not have the time or the space to do all that but if you are growing under glass you can have lettuce, chicory, endive, rhubarb and radish to add to the spread of seasonal vegetable you may have already grown Seasonal veg includes Brussels sprouts, celery, parsnips, celeriac, leeks, kale and cauliflower. 

If you fancy sowing some broad beans for a crop as early as May you can direct sow outdoors if it’s mild or, in colder conditions, beneath cloches or in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. If you have a cold frame and an area you can keep frost-free or a greenhouse, you can sow onions in seedboxes or modules. Lettuce such as Winter Gem is one bred to grow at low temperatures and can be sown in pots in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame. 

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