Fruit and veg job checklist

30 - 5 January 2014

It's time to...

  • Keep harvesting root vegetables as they mature, including parsnips and leeks
  • Order seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots
  • Stretch netting over brassicas to protect them from pigeons
  • Cover clumps of rhubarb with buckets or terracotta pots to force early stems
  • Prune red and white currants, shortening side shoots to a single bud
  • Pot up strawberries to grow under cover for an early crop
  • Check your soil's pH with a special kit and add lime if it's too acidic for your plants
  • Check fruit and vegetables in store, removing any showing signs of deterioration
  • Pick off yellowing leaves from the stems of Brussels sprouts and keep harvesting early varieties
  • Cut down canes of autumn-fruiting raspberries to soil level

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