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ON THE VEG PATCH

TASKS FOR YOUR VEGETABLE PATCH IN DECEMBER BY MARTIN FISH

JOBS FOR THE MONTH

10 MINUTES JOBS

SORT OUT SEED BOXES

If like me you seem to accumulate far too many packets of seeds, it’s well worth sitting down with a cup of coffee to go through your seed box. Packets that are way out of date or part packets of old seed can all be thrown away.

CLEAN FLEECE AND NETTING

Garden fleece and netting that was used in the growing season can be neatly folded up and stored away until it’s needed again. If it’s dirty, soak it first in hot soapy water with a dash of disinfectant to kill any fungal spores.

PROTECT OUTDOOR TAPS

Make sure outdoor taps are protected from freezing over the winter. If not being used, turn the tap off at the stop-cock; otherwise, insulate the pipes and protect the tap with one of the insulated covers that can easily be removed when you want water.

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About Kitchen Garden Magazine

So another year is over on the veg plot – I hope you’ve had a successful and rewarding one. As ever it brought its challenges – the late spring and hot summer certainly made things interesting. My polytunnel crops were the best ever (although one arm is now longer than the other from carrying watering cans) and many of you have told me you’ve had some wonderful soft and tree fruit. That, however, is in the past and we need to prepare for the fun and challenges ahead. With that in mind we have some great features for you this month. Fruit expert David Patch offers his advice on planning a fruit garden, while Ben Vanheems encourages you to leave the spade in the shed and to join the ranks of converts to no-dig gardening. As usual we have features on growing a diverse range of crops and get out and about to meet readers from the North East to the South West. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of their wonderful plots as much as I did.