November leaves drop in sudden gusts

The weather can be off-putting this time of year; at times crisp and blustery, others damp and foggy. Whilst our thoughts turn to hot water bottles and warm mittens, some seeds are best sown now as they need a period of stratification (exposure to cold) to stimulate growth in the spring. If you have space then primulas, alliums and alchillea fall into this category, Depending on your local situation, others can be started now for a head start in the spring, such as poppies and cornflowers sown direct. Sweet peas and scabious should be overwintered under cover or in  a sheltered spot. Watch out for slugs and snails!

If you haven't sown your green manures, then get sowing quick. If your local conditions allow, then winter salads, spring onions and pak choi may give you a late late harvest. Broad beans are promoted as the vegetable to sow now. I have had success with late sowings of broad beans, but the taller varieties can be susceptible to winter gales.

For those who wish to stay snug indoors, sow some pots of herbs to keep on your window sill. I currently have basil, chives and mint. I have potted on a small rosemary cutting too. Perennial herbs such as rosemary, sage and thyme can be cut back and the leaves frozen for use throughout the winter months.

Microgreens come into their own - adding a dash of colour and vibrant taste. 

Quote from  Thomas R. Drinkard

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