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Glorious potatoes

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

Garlic and shallots still good to plant

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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

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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

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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.

Maintaining soil health

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Cabbage, cauliflower and silverbeet stalks should be cleared from the ground once the plants have been harvested.

Change of seasons

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By now, cooler areas may have had a touch of frost, but in all regions carrots, being cold-tolerant, can be left in the ground until August.

Benefits of early work

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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.

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