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Tuesday 4 October 2022

The Vegetable Plot - October

Not lost to frost 

We have had had a few pretty cold nights at the end of September and in some areas frost has threatened. All the more reason to lift turnips, parsnips, carrot and beetroot. Cut the tops off turnips before storing in a frost-free place. Fork up potatoes and store them in a cool, dry place (the garage is a good idea).

Refrigeration and freezing are not recommended as very low temperatures can cause ‘cold-induced sweetening’ where starch converts to sugars. Earth up celery now and in early October plant out spring cabbages from August sowings. Thin onion beds, prick off cauliflowers and plant under glass those grown from seed. Cut down asparagus foliage, blanch endives and plant garlic cloves. 

Crops in season include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, celeriac, endive and Jerusalem artichokes. You may well have added parsnips, peas, lettuce and mushrooms to the list of vegetables to enjoy this month.

  • Keep hoeing to keep weeds at bay
  • Take hardwood cuttings of bush fruit such as gooseberries, blackcurrants and red currants
  • Prick off cauliflowers
  • Thin turnip beds  
  • Gather remaining apples and pears to store
  • Protect late crops with fleece and cloches 

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