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Monday 31 October 2022

The Vegetable Plot - November

Fruit of your labours

You’re keen to grow as many vegetables as you can and you have a great lawn, but that has left you little room for fruit. Now is a good time to plant fruit trees and if you’re short on space you could try growing espalier against a wall of fence or why not grow standards in containers on a patio? 

You could be enjoying crops of apples, pears, cherries and plums next year and you don’t even need to leave home. They will come to you if you order online from reputable specialists like and to have them delivered ready to plant.

If you do have the space, plant blackberry canes now and prune existing one. Forcing vegetables gives you an earlier crop and produces tender shoots and stalks with much better flavour than unforced ones. Force rhubarb, chicory and seakale now. Keep chicory that is forcing at about 13°C (55°F). 

Consider your crop rotation plan as you dig and weed the vegetable border. It helps to divide the plot into sections. Seasonal crops include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips and spinach.

  • Lift Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips for storing,  
  • Sow under glass carrots, onions, French beans, radishes, lettuces, mustard and cress
  • Protect cauliflowers
  • Firm down new plantings that have lifted in frost
  • Prune back early and maincrop vines

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