Pick your own vegetables after October 31st, deal or no deal.

There is no reason why anyone who has a small patch of dirt should not be able to pick their own vegetables on 1st November.

There is still time to plant a variety of vegetables that you will be able to eat before the end of the year. There is still just about time to sow carrot seeds, they must be sown approx. 90 days before the first frost. Alternatively buying them as small plants in a vegetable strip will buy you some time. There is a huge selection of vegetables available at this time of year in vegetable strips. Cabbage, calabrese, Brussel sprout, onion, turnip etc. There are a couple of pests that you should watch out for that are an absolute pain in August, Carrot Root fly and the Cabbage White butterfly. The best solution to stop both these pests is to cover the plants with a close woven mesh. This stops the mature fly laying its eggs on the lovely tender young foliage. Good quality long lasting mesh is made by Agralan, it lasts years.

I have been amazed at how resilient fully leaved trees are to strong wind. I had my chainsaw ready as I was fully expecting a massive Ash tree we have to topple over onto the road last Friday. It survived, since I have known the tree (16 years) it has never experienced such a strong wind.

I’ve got to mention this beautiful Hibiscus Moscheutos Summerific ‘Cherry Cheesecake’. The first one I have seen, apparently frost hardy to -27 degrees C, deciduous, 1.5meters tall, this one is nearly that tall already? What a beautiful flower.

Have a great weekend

Ashley

Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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