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
- 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.