Kitchen Garden Blog - planting winter crops

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This week In Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden we have been sowing Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Winter salads and spinach in the greenhouse. We already have these growing in our mangers and raised beds, however we want to make the most of our heater and grow some in the greenhouse border where the tomato plants will soon be removed. The seeds have been sown into trays and are currently in our propagator. Once the tomatoes are done, the plants will be removed, homemade compost added to the border and the new crops planted out. Hopefully they will extend our season well into the winter. 

We will continue to clear plant debris from around the garden and we will also begin clearing leaves that have just started to fall from the surrounding trees. Our leaf cages are currently full of gorgeous crumbly leaf mould from last year’s leaf collection. This will be spread around the garden as a winter mulch to free up the cages for this year’s leaves. Clearing up leaves isn’t my favourite job, but the leaf mould it produces really is worth the effort.

This week we will be harvesting beetroot, French beans, runner beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, chillies, celery, broccoli, and spinach. We will also be keeping a very close eye on our sweet potatoes. The leaves are just beginning to show signs of yellow, which means harvest time isn’t far away....

Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo  Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is new on the Harrod Horticultural block and has recently taken over her post as Horticultural Advisor and Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 18 years ago.  Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment, where she grows her own organic fruit and vegetables.

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