It might be cold outside but there is still much that can be done to prepare and grow your own fruit and vegetables. So grab your woolly hat and a pair of wellies and take the plunge!

Outdoors

  • strawberry plantsPlant Gooseberries, Currants, Rhubarb, Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries for good crops next year.
  • Cover brassicas with netting to stop the pigeons eating them.
  • Sow Broad Beans ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ straight into the ground.
  • Last chance to plant autumn Garlic outside.
  • Keep supplies for garden birds regularly topped up, particularly in cold weather.
  • Clear up fallen leaves and store in black plastic bags for 1 to 2 years. After 1 year it will be good for mulching. After 2 years it should be compost!  All free.
  • Prune fruit trees and roses at end of the month.
  • Raise outdoor containers to prevent waterlogging and use bubblewrap to protect fragile plants from frosts.

(picture from James Lee)

Indoors/In the Greenhouse

  • Mizuna plantClean the Greenhouse and all pots and containers to discourage infections – preferably with an organic cleaner.
  • Sow winter hardy salad leaves such as Mizuna, Arctic King, and Winter Gem. There are many mixed varieties available to sow now (they can manage in a sheltered spot outdoors too)
  • Basil, Dill, Chives and Parsley can be sown indoors and you can bring other herbs like Mint and Thyme in from the garden too.
  • Put your feet up and plan for next year!

(Picture from wikimedia)