What's in season: November

Cabbage plants for sale at Morden Hall Park Garden Centre

Warming dishes of fresh food are hard to beat at this time of year, so we're sharing our tops tips on harvesting, buying and cooking seasonal vegetables.

Tasty and nutritious root vegetables are abundant in November and make the perfect ingredients for heartwarming dishes stews, soups, bakes and tagines. You can also add extra flavour to your food with seasonal herbs such as sage and rosemary.  
 

Vegetables to harvest and buy

  • Potatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Spring green cabbage
  • White cabbage 
  • Red cabbage 
  • Savoy cabbage 
  • Carrots 
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale 
  • Leeks
 

Preparing your garden for winter

Although the cold weather might make gardening a little more challenging, you’ll feel great for doing it, especially if you reward yourself with a nice warming cuppa. 
 
If you've not done so yet, bring in your herbs to protect them from the frost, although hardy plants such as rosemary can be left to grow outside.
 
There's still some planting that can be done in November. Garlic and broadbeans can be planted in sheltered areas but carrots will need the added protection of a cold frame. Now that the fruit has finished, you can prune your soft-fruit plants back ready for next year. 

Harvesting in the garden

Child in wellies choosing gardening gloves by a strawberry bed

Gardening tips and advice 

We've asked our gardeners to share their top tips on how you can look after your garden during all seasons. Whether you want to know more about pruning, weeding, harvesting veg or replanting, you'll find all the answers here.

This month we're talking about potatoes

The humble potato originated from South America. The Inca people of Peru grew potatoes from at least 5,000 BC and the vegetable was only introduced to Europe in the late 16th century.

Potatoes grown in the UK are usually classified as ‘earlies’ or ‘main crop’ depending on when they are harvested. Earlies are also called new potatoes and are harvested when small and young. Main crop varieties are left in the ground longer and become much larger. Growing a combination of both gives both variety and a continuous supply.

The final harvesting of main crops is usually in October or November and, once dried, these potatoes can be stored for eating through the winter.

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Pick up some garden essentials 

If your garden could do with a bit of a helping hand, you'll find everything you need in our online shop. From new bulbs and birdfeeders to practical tools, there are useful products for every season.

November recipes