👨🏻‍🌾 5 FRUIT AND VEG PATCH JOBS TO DO THIS NOVEMBER 👨🏻‍🌾

It may be late in the year, but there’s still work to be done on the fruit and veg patch.

1. PROTECT YOUR WINTER ROOT CROPS

Rows of winter root crops can be protected using cardboard or straw. This layer of insulation should help prevent the ground from freezing solid. Wait until after the first frost as this will help to finish off any nasties left in the soil.

If you’re growing celeriac, place some soil around the stem bases to keep the flesh white. Celeriac can remain in the ground all winter, but you could protect the plants with a covering of straw.

2. COVER OTHER CROPS WITH CLOCHES

Other produce such as late-season salad and Oriental leaves can be protected with cloches. These can be purchased from Homeleigh in a range of sizes.

3. DIG OVER YOUR BEDS

Once your fruit and veg patches are empty, you can dig over the soil and leave the clods to be broken down by winter frosts. Or you can add plenty of compost, manure or other well-rotted organic material.

4. LIFT YOUR RHUBARB

It may be worth lifting your existing rhubarb crown and dividing it into sections with a sharp spade. Each piece should have some growth buds. These can then be replanted in soil enriched with compost.

5. PRUNE FRUIT TREES AND BUSHES

Apple and pear trees, as well as soft fruit bushes, can now be pruned while they’re dormant. You can also remove nets from fruit cages. For once, you do want birds to peck at these plants as they’ll pick off any insects and their eggs.