This is a great recipe for beetroot. It goes really well with Curries – we used to used to serve it with Keema Korma
Despite at least three or four nights when the temperature here has gone down to -5C before Christmas, the little blighters are still flourishing like the green bay tree and homing in on the Pak Choy and Tatsoi with knives and forks in hand. We are going to be under siege for months to come.
If you are under glass or have a polytunnel you still have time to plant things up to overwinter. You will get a catch crop by the beginning of November that you can continue harvesting through out the winter. As long as they have some green left they will regenerate when the light turns in the middle of February and will keep you in fresh greens through the hungry gap into May when the new seasons plantings start to work.
Part of the trick with growing things commercially is that you always need to have something to sell. So for us we expect to have a good crop of peppers and aubergines and squash over the next couple of months with about half a dozen beds of sweet potatoes coming through.
However our main focus is on providing a succession of chard and spinach that will take us through to Christmas.
We’ve just planted out some leeks in the glasshouse. As commercial growers we need to make sure that the spacing is right so as to deliver the optimum yield and make the plants easy to weed. We use a bamboo grid to plant them at approx 13cm centres which means we can use the 8cm small wolf tools – hoes, rakes etc to keep the plants clean.
we’ve been planning to create a reservoir in the little valley in front of the house. It should hold about 800 cubic meters and save us around £5000 a year. We know we’re doing the right thing because every time we go to a horticultural conference most of the speakers are talking about the need to save water.
The main task for this weekend has got to be sitting down with the seed catalogues and planning next year’s layout for the garden. Apart from all that final tidying up, staking tall plants, last minute pruning and sharpening up and cleaning the tools ready for the spring campaign.