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  • In winter, the vegetable plot is calm. However there are things to do, if only to get it ready for spring!

    Tasks that need doing
    There are not plentiful but important to gain time and ensure that the vegetable plot is healthy!
    - Harvest the vegetables which have reached maturity: winter salads (lamb’s lettuce in particular) will soon become inedible, harvest them quickly. Do the same with all the vegetables still in good state: cabbages, turnips, beetroots, carrots, leeks...
    - Remove the vegetables which are damaged: they can harbour diseases and later on, their pulling off might become troublesome if they rot!
    - Remove what remains of last year plantations: tomatoes and other remaining vegetables from the summer which cannot be left in situ for the same reasons.

    Recommended tasks
    - Weed the soil: Plenty of weeds growing during the close season, they are easier to remove when they are small and the ground is supple. Often using a hoe is enough to get reed of them: 5 minutes work now which is going to take 1 hour more in April!
    - Bring in some soil-enriching agent: Manure, lime (in sandy soil), wood’ ashes (1kg per 5 m˛) or compost which improves the soil’s texture. Now is the best time to do it if you are planning to do it (and it is highly recommended!).
    - Hoe the ground: if you do not have the time or the wish to dig, at least do try to hoe the places where you have removed vegetables or weeded.

    What can you plant?
    Vegetables plantations are still limited. However, you can plant onions, shallots, garlic, asparagus (their plantation is delicate), Jerusalem artichokes, strawberry’s plants and rhubarb.
    The end of winter is also favourable to the setting of all hardy perennials aromatic plants: chives, tarragon, fennel, oregano and thyme. Wait a little while longer before planting sage and rosemary (spring must really have arrived).

    What can you sow?
    Some vegetables require cold in order to germinate like parsley, parsnips, root chervil, chervil and broad beans.
    When spring approaches, sow the vegetables which are harvested early: early carrots, garden peas, radishes (providing you place them under a cloche in colder climates and mountainous areas).
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  • What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    Winter vegetables (Lamb's lettuce, beetroots) do not withstand hard frost.
    Author: Jean-Michel Groult
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    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    Remains are real diseases' nests!
    Author: Jean-Michel Groult
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    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    Pass the hoe after adding a soil-enriching agent (here, wood's ashes).
    Author: Jean-Michel Groult
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    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    Plant your Jerusalem artichokes in winter.
    Author: Jean-Michel Groult
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    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    What can you do in the vegetable plot in winter ?
    Chives are early starters!
    Author: Jean-Michel Groult
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