Wednesday, 20 November 2013

November in the Garden - Preparing for Winter

It is the time of year when, as a commuter, I need to get up 5 minutes earlier. Winter is firing its first warning shots and the car needs a light frost scraping before I can use it. We have only had a couple but its a cue to get the tender plants inside before a true frost arrives and prepare for the coming cold. We shut up our conservatory for the winter so it makes and excellent place to overwinter plants - too cold to enjoy dinner in but not sub zero. There is almost no harvest this month (just a few undersized beetroot) but here are a few photos to keep you updated with the garden:

One re-stacked wood pile, all ready for grabbing a quick bundle of logs in the cold and dark.

Our bay standard may have survived a mild winter but we would rather not risk it.

And keeping it company - one aloe...

... and a small fuschia

The cold isn't deterring the nasturtiums. 

This is how most of the vegetable garden looks now.

Baby beetroot. Hardly worth cooking some of them!

Have any of you tried growing beetroot with any success? I think mine may have been overcrowded a little by the cabbages this year.

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  1. I'm not sure anything deters nasturtiums. Somebody planted some in our garden years ago and we find them everywhere all the time - the lining of the gravel, the gap between fence planks.... - even though we got rid of the original plants. So invasive!

    Mmmm.... roast whole baby beetroot are gorgeous!

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    1. I think the nasturtiums we've planted are annuals so once they die back that will be it - but they survive so well that I can easily see them becoming a nuisance.

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  2. I love beetroot roasted in foil and eaten warm, delicious. It felt a little warmer this morning when I was walking Archie than it did yesterday, though winter's definitely on the way.

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    1. It looks like roast beetroot is the way to go. We have had some very cold mornings here recently - definitely wintery.

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  3. I feel a lot happier knowing that my plants are protected under glass!
    Neither of us are particularly fond of beetroot, but I do grow it for its leaves. Hopefully we get some of the goodness that way!

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    1. Us too. We don't have a greenhouse, but our conservatory does the trick nicely - keeps the frost off at any rate!

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  4. My beets did nothing this year but I am pretty sure I over crowded them along with my pitiful carrots. I am the worst at thinning. It just feels like murder to me. My nasturtiums are gorgeous also in spite of the cold. I am wondering how long they will last.

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    1. We failed with thinning some of our crops this year too - not paying attention at the right moment and suddenly everythings growing big!

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  5. Our beetroot weren't very successful this year. We had lots of small ones that just didn't thrive. Normally the big boys just push their way outwards but it didn't happen this year. Like you, we should probably be more diligent with our thinning.

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    1. Sounds like a very similar story. We've tried growing beetroot a couple of times in the last few years and always had the same result. We keep blaming it on the weather, or planting too late - but I don't know what our excuse is this year!

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