The clocks have moved back and the days are getting shorter and colder. The rain and storms keep coming, so the ground is saturated. Its time to start protecting your plants from the changing weather.
Jobs to do this month:
• Sow onion seeds and sweet peas now in the greenhouse using our peat free compost.
• Complete winter fruit tree pruning
• Protect winter vegetables from pigeons with netting
• Cover your rhubarb with our Natural Grower Plant Feed and Soil Conditioner to protect it from the cold winter months and provide a slow-release feed ready for spring growth.
• Plant new fruit trees and bushes
• Sow broad beans suitable for autumn sowing
• Harvest winter vegetables: Cabbages, Cauliflowers, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Celeriac, Leeks, Jerusalem Artichokes, Parsnip, Spinach, Chard, Swede
• Plant garlic cloves in your vegetable beds.
• Add some Natural Grower Soil Conditioner to the soil for the worms to take in over the winter, so your beds are in tip-top condition in the spring
• Sow some Green Manure crops in empty beds, to help improve soil fertility and nutrient levels, along with adding organic matter to the soil and suppressing weeds. Visit Sow Seeds to look at their range of green manure crops that you can sow now.
• Stake tall brassicas
• Firm soil around Lavatera, and provide a mulch of soil conditioner to stop frost getting to the roots
• Protect Hellebores from slugs
• Plant tulip and narcissi bulbs and mulch the surface with our soil conditioner.
• Protect tulip and crocus bulbs from mice by putting nets over the area that you have planted them
• Apply our plant feed and soil conditioner to your lawn for a slow-release feed over the winter and better growth next spring