As the weather continues to cool, and the days get shorter, there is less to be doing in the garden. However if you would like to continue to harvest crops through the winter and early spring, there are still some jobs to be done on those crisp clear days.
Cauliflower heads can be damaged by rain as winter nears. Those that are coming ready should have their outer leaves turned in over their ‘curds’ to help protect them.
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A copper spray to celery that is showing signs of leaf spot will help keep it in check. It needs to be re-applied every 2 weeks to remain effective.
Keep earthing up the leeks around their stems as they grow. This will give you a nice long white part to eat. They do not mind the cold so much, so they will continue to grow until about mid June.
Keep on top of the weeds in the asparagus beds, allowing the last of the crop to keep growing until it yellows off. This allows the plant to add more food to its stores for the winter, growing the plants crown and ensuring a better crop next season. This is a good time to treat them to some well rotted compost or manure and a sprinkling of seaweed.
Personally, I plan to get my garlic in this week or early next week depending on the weather as I like it to have a nice long growing season. I find that it ensures nice big bulbs.
This is the best time of year to be planting berry fruits like raspberry, loganberry, tayberry, boysenberry, and blackberry.
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