South Yardley Allotments Society
Allotment sites in Acocks Green and South Yardley

November on the Allotment

There is just enough daylight to clear and tidy up the allotment of any old crops in preparation for next year. Don’t leave the remains of summer crops to rot and harbour overwintering pests and diseases.
Start to harvest winter cabbage, Brussels sprouts, leeks and parsnips, 
Clear the ground of any remaining vulnerable crops such as celeriac, carrots, Florence fennel and put them into store before any hard frosts are forecast. Beetroot too can be stored in boxes of sand or dry peat.

Sowing and Planting
Sow a variety round seeded hardy peas. They can be sown either in the open ground if the weather conditions are favourable or three to 3”/9 cm pot and transplanted later when the roots have reached the bottom of the pot. 

Sow hardy Broad Beans at the start of the month.
Transplant pot raised broad beans sown earlier somewhere sheltered and protected from cold, icy blasts. Transplant October sown lettuces to grow on under cloches or frames space them 6” square.
Now is a good time to plant new fruit trees and bushes. Soft fruit bushes can also be moved now if needed as well.

Dig, dig and dig this is the priority job of the month the more that you can get done before the end of the year the better.

 Most of the leaves will have fallen by now.  Collect them up and make a leaf mould stack. 

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