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How to store vegetables for winter

Even the most experienced veg growers can end the season with an excess of one or more types of vegetable. In fact, I think it’s a sure sign of a successful year. Furthermore, having an end-of-season glut means you can squirrel them away to enjoy throughout the winter. There are several ways you can keep them in tip-top condition, depending on what left-over crops you have to store.

Where to store vegetables?

  • In the ground
  • In a traditional clamp
  • Boxes of sand
  • Paper sacks
  • Nets and stockings
  • Dried in jars
  • In the freezer

Other Tips

  • Clear away any dead or fading bedding plants ready to plant hardy annuals to flower next spring.
  • Look after your camellias and water regularly as they are now forming next years flower buds.
  • Continue spraying to keep away diseases such as mildew.
  • Prepare to move any evergreens or perennials that are out grown their current site and need repositioning.  It is also a good time to plant new evergreen shrubs and conifers whilst the soil is still warm and moist.
  • Perennials in Flower; If you want to enhance your borders with late flowering perennials try Crocosmia, Salvia, Sedum, Aster and Hemerocallis.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs like Crocus, Daffodils, Snowdrops etc.
  • Now is a good time to sow new lawns in either seed or turf, you can use autumn lawn care products to enhance its progress.
  • Re-turf any muddy patches that have been created by wear and tear.
  • Collect seeds from perennials and annuals in a paper bag and leave in a warm place to dry out for a few days.  Then clean and store in small, labeled envelopes.

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