Now’s the time to make the most of the last sunny days as frost returns to our veg patches.
Focus on crops that will enjoy a protective throw-over of ‘horticultural fleece’. This lightweight fabric holds back the colder weather to extend the harvest season by a good fortnight. Just long enough to hasten your would-be lunch…
The extra warmth is especially useful for saving seed when this grace period helps ripen fruit. Read more at Garden Organic’s webpage for Heritage Seed Library.
Weigh down fleece with wooden batons or rocks.
Another way for getting ‘hot under the vegetable collar’, so to speak, is covering selected crops for a few weeks with ‘cloches’. These deflect heavy rain and nudge up the temperature for extra growth.
Use cloches made from recycled plastic bottles with their bottom cut off. Or how about durable tunnels made from plastic or wire hoops covered in thick transparent plastic.
This delightful cloche protection can move around your patch to extend the harvest until the temperature and light level fall too low over winter.
Garden Organic’s growing resources
Click here to discover unusual crops (opens ‘Sowing New Seed’ project website)
Article by Philip Turvil