Vegetable patch excellence – Essential maintenance for November

It’s cold and wet in the veggie patch but there’s still work to be done!
November vegetable patch

For your vegetable patch the last weeks of October and early November have been very, very wet … and windy as well. Whether the weather is inclement or not, there is still much work to be done.

There is still seasonal veg to care for and the cycle of digging out and preparing for spring is not going to sort out itself. So dig out your wellies and a nice warm jumper and follow these essential maintenance tips for your vegetable patch in November.

Vegetable patch beds

  • Finish digging?
  • Mulch beds with horse manure (not carrot and parsnip)
  • Earth up Spring Cabbage – firm soil around plants
  • Sow hardy broad beans if you want a really early crop
  • Put tender herbs into pots and bring inside (eg French Tarragon)
  • Add lime, if necessary, to pea and bean beds, OR brassica beds (whichever is furthest from potatoes in your rotation plan
pruning gooseberry bush vegetable patch
November is a good time to prune back fruit-bearing bushes


  • Prune currant and gooseberry bushes – easier to see what you are doing after the leaves have fallen
  • Take cuttings of currants and gooseberries
  • Plant any new bushes and canes

What’s in season?

  • Green Broccoli – Romanesco
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage – Winter and Savoy
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Parsnip
  • Spring Onions
  • Winter Radish
  • Salsify and Scorzonera
  • Swiss Chard
  • Swede
  • Turnips – main crop

By Gavin Keir

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Tags: , Last modified: November 2, 2021

Written by 8:36 am Gardening