The urge to sow seeds begins whenever there is a mild day
from now on.
Hedges can protect vegetable crops from wind damage but
because they need regular clipping, busy gardeners may prefer
to use wind cloth, manuka twigs or similar.
Every opportunity should be taken in the next few weeks to
dig and manure the vegetable garden, leaving the ground
exposed to the weather, which will help ensure it is in good
order for next season's crops.
Potatoes are an easy-to-grow staple vegetable and many
varieties are available.
As winter draws closer, the opportunities for growing
vegetables are reduced, but garlic and shallots should go in
from now until early spring.
Think ahead to spring and start improving heavy, clay-based
soil by digging it roughly so different levels are exposed to
winter frosts, winds, rain and sun.
Cabbage, cauliflower and silverbeet can still be planted to
stand the winter. Ground from which potatoes have been lifted
recently is ideal for these crops.
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