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Too early to sow

Vegetables

The urge to sow seeds begins whenever there is a mild day from now on.

Crop rotation

Vegetables

Protection from the wind

Protection from the wind

Vegetables

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.

Manure that garden

Vegetables

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.

Glorious potatoes

Vegetables

Potatoes are an easy-to-grow staple vegetable and many varieties are available.

Garlic and shallots still good to plant

Vegetables

As winter draws closer, the opportunities for growing vegetables are reduced, but garlic and shallots should go in from now until early spring.

Seasonal changes

Vegetables

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.

Final winter crops

Vegetables

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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