Welcome to the vegetable garden calendar November and December job list, part of the month to month guide to vegetable gardening. Here is your gardening list for the month of November and December.
November sees the nights lengthening and the days really starting to shorten, the clocks have gone back and it is really starting to feel like winter. It’s probably cold, often and wet, and the thought of spending a lot of time in the garden is further from a lot of peoples mind.
The good news is, there is not much to do in our winter vegetable gardens.
Of course, the vegetable garden plot could always do with a feed and a bit of working, and to be honest, there is nothing better than digging over part of the garden on a cold day. Although, if it is frozen or very wet, I’d give it a miss. And a visit to a steaming manure heap will really warm you up
On a fine day it is worth emptying out your stored veg and checking for soft and damaged items; a rotten potato or soft onion can quickly affect the whole crop.
Another guest to your garden could be the annual dump of leaves.
Don’t waste this valuable free offering that nature brings you as a good leaf mold will help to top up purchased compost.
Rotted down with the last cut of comfrey it will make a good soil conditioner.
Choose a shady part of the garden to site your leaf mold bin and give it a year to completely break down.
Lots of cities and municipalities offer leaf pick up in the fall - get there first, and grab the bags of leaves already raked. Sometimes an ad in Craigslist or on a Facebook buy and sell group will net you more leaves than you can use.
In the garden
some winter crops should be just starting. The first sprouts can be harvested,
pick from the bottom of the stem first, leeks can be picked as needed, as can
parsnips, salsify and scorzonera.
Salsify and scorzonera and lovely vegetables that are worth trying, and although parsnips should be ready, they are sweeter once a frost has got to them.
next few months it would be a good idea to go through your seeds, throwing away
out of date seed packets, and start to think about what you would like to grow
next year. Think about what has worked this year, as well as what has failed.
Also, is there a vegetable in your garden that never got eaten?
By planning your growing list now you’ll have plenty of time to list the seeds you will need to buy.
subject of next year, if you grow runner beans, now is a good time to start
your bean trench, take a look at the how to grow runner beans page to find out
As you can imagine there is not much of a vegetable garden calendar November & December sowing list, and about all I could suggest is that if you wanted to plant hardy broad beans and had not got round to it last month, now’s the time. The same could be said of garlic, as November is really your last chance.
During November you could be picking the last of the pumpkins, celery and kohlrabi, then right up until Christmas you could be picking winter cauliflower, winter cabbage, salad, kale, celeriac, parsnips, leeks, Brussel sprouts, salsify and scorzonera.