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November Allotment Jobs

November is the final month of autumn and as the temperature drops and the nights grow longer a quiet period begins on the allotment. Harvesting your final crops and making your final preparations for deep winter should be your focus this month.  

General 

Make Leaf Mould – bag up fallen leaves in a good quality bin bag. Poke holes in the bag and leave out of sight for two years. Leaf mould  can be used as seed-sowing compost or used to enrich the soil on your allotment

Clear the remains of summer crops – to avoid them rotting and attracting pests and diseases

Clean Your Tools – taking good care of your tools now will prevent them from rusting over winter and needing to be replaced in the summer

Check that all heaters are working properly –  You will need them in the coming months, so check them now so you don’t have to rush and buy new ones when they are needed

Prune fruit bushes –  prune out any dead, dying or diseased wood whilst your fruit trees are dormant to encourage new and good growth in the spring

Net brassicas – to protect them from overwintering birds and pests. Use a fine mesh or a frame that it lifts clear of the plant to stop birds pecking through. You could also consider a polytunnel or cold frame

Begin Digging Over – dig small sections of your garden over the month to get manure, air and compost into the soil.

Harvesting 

  • Black Raddish
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts 
  • Cabbage 
  • Carrots 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Celery 
  • Chervil
  • Chicory
  • Collards
  • Grapefruit
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Leeks
  • Mustard
  • Parsnip 
  • Quince
  • Rutabagas
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard

Sowing and Planting 

  • Alfalfa
  • Asparagus crowns
  • Beansprouts
  • Blueberry
  • Broad beans
  • Cress
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Kale 
  • Kale 
  • Leek
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Spring cabbage