Grow at Home
Don’t let the wind and rain of October deter you!
There’s plenty of gardening to keep you active – looking after any winter crops, making preparations for next spring and there are some things you can be sowing right now.
When planning what you want to grow, remember to avoid planting the same crops in the same place year after year, which can lead to a build up of pests and diseases. Instead, try to follow crop rotation as best you ca
There’s such a wide choice of things you can grow, depending on the time and space you have available.
Start planning what you want to grow next year – some crops are even best sown in the autumn:
Keep salad going… even when it gets cold by sowing winter salad leaves in pots – oriental greens are particularly useful.
Lamb’s lettuce (corn salad) will continue to grow outside throughout winter – just protect from harsh frosts with a layer of fleece.
Pot up herbs, such as chives, mint, parsley and tarragon, if you have them growing outside, and bring them inside to grow on and use through the winter. A well lit kitchen window sill would be convenient.
Now is a good time to plant garlic.
How to go about it
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Sow broad beans nowfor an early crop:
- either directly into well prepared soil (Aquadulce Claudia is good for this);
- or in pots/modules under cover, which prevents the seed from being eaten by mice or voles and allows planting out at the right spacing in early spring.
Useful advice from Barry Newman, past Chairman of the National Vegetable Society, with some innovative ways of growing vegetables.
taste best picked directly from the plant. Grow them planted in the garden or in containers on a patio or balcony.
You can plant out bare-rooted plants now (obtain from reputable suppliers on the internet), so they can start to get established before winter, or purchase potted plants in the spring.
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