Fiann's tips for the week

* Asparagus crowns can go in now and any perennial veg can be divided.

* Now is the time to dig up chicory roots to be forced in a dark warm place. The chicons will be ready to harvest in three to six weeks.

* Protect cauliflower curds by folding their leaves over as natural wrapping. This delays the opening of the flowers better than fleece and keep the curds nicely compact.

* Elsewhere, it is time to think of fleece and other protections. Early November is also the best time to plant bare-rooted apples, pears, cherries and plums.

* It may be just too late for sowing green manures but top dressing with farmyard manure or compost is a good practice to revive exhausted beds.


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