Wednesday 2 November 2022

Allotment Jobs for November

Plant garlic, onions and shallots

Garlic, onions and shallots are all easy to grow. Shallots and onions are grown from tiny bulbs, known as sets, and garlic is grown from cloves. Cover with fleece to protect them from the worst of the weather.

Prune fruit bushes

Blackcurrants, redcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries can be pruned any time between November and March, while they are dormant. Prune out any dead, dying or diseased wood and aim for an open, goblet shape.

Cut down autumn-fruiting raspberries

Autumn-fruiting raspberries bear fruit on new wood, so cut down all of the old canes to the ground once they have finished fruiting, between November and March. 

Net brassicas

You'll need to protect your brassica crops from hungry pigeons at this time of year. Use mesh and make sure that it lifts clear of the brassicas, otherwise birds will be able to peck through it.

Stake Brussels sprouts

If you haven't done so already, stake your Brussels sprouts, as they can get top heavy and topple in heavy winds.

Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes

Taking hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes is very easy to do and will give you a decent-sized plant in a few years. Discover 

Harvest crops

You can harvest a surprising number of crops in November, including maincrop carrots, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery and cauliflower.

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