November

Seed orders

Order your seeds from the society’s discount scheme ran by Adrian Dorney with DT Brown seeds to get 45% off. The due date for submitting all orders this year is 19th November 2018. I have been using the scheme for a couple of years now and the quality of the seeds is great with a good variety selection to choose from. This year, I am trying different stuffing courgettes and squashes and am looking forward to it.

Overwintering onions and garlic

If you haven’t popped in your overwintering onions and garlic in the ground, you still have time. It is a great way of using the space over winter and you can then harvest them sooner than spring planted ones (I harvested beginning of June last year) allowing you to use the space for summer planting crops like sweet corn and squash.

Overwintering peas and broad beans

I am trying this for the first time this year but lots of people at Deansway have theirs underway so I thought why not give it a go. The idea is that you sow/plant your peas and broad beans in late autumn for an early spring crop. I think most people do it in October but I will try it at the beginning of November and see how it goes!

Harvest last of beetroots and turnips

Now is the time to harvest the last of your beetroots and turnips and store them in a cool place (I use the garage). The advise I got from Richard (warden at Deansway and a gardener of many years) is to pull the beetroots and turnips, dry them in a cool place for a couple of days and then store them in potato sacks in a cool place – you can remove some of the tops but leave a couple of inches on.