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Benefits of early work

Vegetables

Potato crops can be harvested before the tops have died right away from the plants.

Garden maintenance a must

VegetablesGarden maintenance is important at this time of the year.

Hoe regularly between rows to control weeds and maintain a good texture (tilth) of the soil.

Small weeds can be left on the ground but any with flower heads should be put in the compost bin as many will make a last-ditch attempt and produce seeds on severed stems.

Onion seed will withstand winter

Vegetables Onion seed sown this month will withstand the winter, then mature into good-sized bulbs for harvesting next summer.

Prepare soil with wood ash (if you can get it), lime and some garden compost, or a general garden fertiliser.

Space cleared of early potatoes or peas is ideal for growing onions.

Mix vegetables with flowers for results

Vegetables There is a good case for mixing vegetables with flowers to get the best production from gardens, especially those that lose the sun early.

By now, planting of winter greens broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet and celery should be complete.

Celery needs regular and plentiful watering at this stage to stop it running to seed.

Use nasturtium to add a bite to salads

VegetablesIn all but the coolest areas, radishes sown now will not thrive, tending to bolt to seed, even when the soil is kept moist, and those that do mature being unacceptably sharp in flavour.

Keeping soil hoed lowers moisture loss

Keeping soil hoed lowers moisture loss

VegetablesKeeping the soil hoed at this time of year not only keeps down weed seedlings but also gives vegetables an effective mulch of broken soil that prevents loss of moisture lower down in the ground.

Set aside a few minutes for the garden

VegetablesAt this busy time of year, routine maintenance in the garden can be bottom of the list.

Set aside a few minutes every fine day to hoe around all crops, except strawberries.

Hoeing promotes air circulation, preventing the ground becoming hard and less able to take in water when it rains.

Dig up potatoes just in time for Christmas dinner

Vegetables Potatoes planted in August will be maturing and ready to eat for Christmas dinner.

Dig them just before using, two days ahead at most, because the immature tubers do not store well.

When left in the soil, they will continue growing and even a few extra weeks in the ground can produce a crop that is twice as heavy.

Watering and weeding main tasks in the garden

VegetablesWatering and weeding are the principal tasks in the garden over the next two months.

Peas, celery and leaks do best in trenches

Vegetables Peas can still be sown and dwarf varieties, such as Novella, will produce plump pods in nine to 11 weeks from sowing.

Greenfeast takes 11 to 13 weeks.

Peas do best in trenches filled with rich soil and compost topped with ordinary soil.

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