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What To Sow In November | 7 Easy To Grow Crops (2019)

Hello, today I’m going to tell you about
seeds that you can sow in November. I’m Liz Zorab and this is Byther Farm. So, it’s a cold foggy day outside, but here
in the polytunnel it’s really quite warm and so I’m getting on with
sowing some seeds. I’ll leave the links to all the seeds I’ve talked about in
the video description. If you have a greenhouse, a cold frame or a poly tunnel
you can so first early peas. Choose something like Kelvedon Wonder, Meteor or
Feltham Early. You can do this by finding a piece of old guttering and drilling
some drainage holes in it. Fill it with compost and then sow your seeds, two to
three inches apart. Give them a good water but don’t let them get water logged.
Peas will just rot off if they’re sitting in waterlogged soil. Let them
grow on and when they’ve got to about four to five inches high you can then
transfer them to outside. All you’ll need to do is dig a narrow trench in your
soil about the same size as your guttering and then take the peas in the guttering
out there and then very slowly slide them, move the guttering out, and it just
slide into the space in your soil. Peas don’t really like much root
disturbance so this way you can move them without actually disturbing the
roots. Much like October, you can get broad beans in now. Choose an autumn
variety something like Aquadulce. I’ve saved my own seeds, so these plants grew
this year and I’ve saved some of the seeds to be able to grow for a 2020 crop. And these are pretty healthy looking beans, these are a good size. So they’re
an inch or so long and about an inch wide. They look great! There’s still several salad seeds that you can get into the ground now.
Things like Mizuna which has got peppery taste. A mustard something like Green In
The Snow. And with lots of these plants as the leaves get bigger the heat
the mustardy heat will get stronger. Corn salad, mustard Ruby Streaks. And you can
still try sowing lettuce, something like Winter Imperial. If you choose a hardy
variety like Performer, you can sow spring onions now. With a little protection from a cloche Pak Choi can be sown now too. And then there’s a whole
raft of alliums that can go in now. That’s onion, garlic and elephant garlic.
I’ve been getting my alliums into the ground over the last few days and I’ll
leave a link to that video in the description. Now I don’t grow chillies or peppers
because our family doesn’t eat them, but I do understand there are some varieties
of chilies that could be sown now. Something like Apache or a Medusa could
be so now but you’ll need to keep them inside in a warm and a very well-lit
spot. So if you’re putting them on the windowsill remember to take them off the
windowsill at night if you’re shutting the curtains otherwise they’ll be shut
out in the cold and it won’t do them any good at all. Out here in the garden there
are still plenty left to harvest so things like parsnips. We had our first
frost last night so they will be benefitting from that. There are carrots
and celariac here. I’ve started harvesting all the Greek Gigantes beans, bringing
all of those in now, getting them out of their pods ready to store for the winter.
There’s still some cabbages to come. There’s a few Greek Gigantes beans here. We’ve even got some pea shoots still to go into our salads. I do really like
these. These are self sown and I’ve been harvesting these over the last couple of
weeks and they just keep on coming. Some chard and some beetroot to come from here. And in this bed I’ve still got all the runner beans to come in.
I’ve grown these for the big white beans that sit inside these pods. So I
had one crop of green sliced beans and then I left all of these grow and mature
and not for big fat green slice beans. The white bean on the inside is really
filling, has got a good flavor, is great in soups and stews. You can dry them, you can can them. I tend to blanch them and then freeze them and then they’re ready
just to throw into food into meals at a later date. But as you can see we’ve got
plenty of them. This end of the garden – there’s some
yacon and Borlotti beans on that side, there are swede (rutabaga) on this side. And there’s
also skirret, but I’m not going to harvest that this year, I think I’ll
leave that either for next year or the year after. There’s a couple of broad
bean plants that have just grown, self-sown ones, and they’re flowering so
we might just get the odd broad bean or two. Over here is the Hamburg parsley.
So this is grown, not only for the lovely flat leaf parsley on the top of
it, but they’re actually grown for the roots.
And we haven’t tried them yet and as soon as we do and we’ll make a video
about that I’m trying to describe to you what they’re like. There’s some more
celeriac there and dill which has gone to flower and is in seed, so I’ll be
collecting the seeds for using in chutneys. The courgettes here have pretty
much had it now they are almost beyond use. The ones in the polytunnel are
still producing. And over here are some more runner beans. This is another mixed
bed, there’s some beetroot, there’s the last of some squash. I think this plant
can be lifted really, the squashes themselves are harvested and so that’s
just now waiting to go into the compost heap. There’s parsley at that end, there’s some lettuce at that end. In this bed, slightly
squashed by the netting so I need to release it a little bit, are the purple
sprouting broccoli. I don’t really need the netting over any more as there are
very few, if none, cabbage white butterflies around. I’m leaving it on
because the ducks are allowed in here at the moment. I think the ducks would just
turn this into an all-you-can-eat buffet, so I’m protecting them a little bit from
my noisy friends. Inside the brass cage which has been quite successful I have
had to pull a couple of butterflies out of it but that’s not surprising as I’ve
still got a few holes in the netting the ceiling. But overall this has been a
success there are kalettes growing really nicely here. I harvested several pounds
of them yesterday and they went off in veg boxes but kalettes – I don’t know I’ll
grow them again. They take up quite a lot of space and I really like sprouts. I
think it’s a personal thing but I think if I’m giving up this much space to
brassicas, I’d rather have sprouts than kalettes. But it has been really nice to
grow them and the turkeys are appreciating the larger leaves and my veg
box customers very much like the kalettes. And on the other side of the brassica
cage is the Cavalo Nero kale. This has grown really well, I’m very pleased with this.
There are some whitefly in here but they’re fairly easy just to shake off
and this has been a really good crop and there is still plenty of it to come. I
put five plants here in a row, as always with any tall plants they’ve fallen over
just because of the strength of the wind, but they are going to carry on
producing for us right through the winter. And then out here in what I’m
calling our market garden area. These are indeed Brussels sprouts.
They are looking great. You know they’re almost… where they’re under this netting,
it’s almost forming what looks like a cabbage on the top of it because the
netting is folding all the leaves down. But those sprouts are coming, they are
larger than the pea and some of them are larger than a marble, so they’re
really, really doing well. This is celeriac. Again this is looking really
good, we’ve been harvesting this. There’s still plenty of ruby chard, this
is the last of the sweet corn. it’s no good for me but it’s absolutely fine for
the chickens. So I’m leaving the plants there at the moment and just harvesting
one or two cobs a day to give to the chickens. I’ve also got some sorrel in
here. This rather untidy little patch of leeks. lt’s the first time I’ve grown
them through weed suppressing membrane. I would say that that’s a success. And so
I created holes in the weed suppressing membrane, holes into the soil and put
the leek plants in. I’m very pleased with how well they’ve done. So in combination
and with what we already have stored away, it looks to me like we’re going to
have plenty of fresh food continue harvesting right throughout the winter
and early spring.


  1. Liz Zorab - Byther Farm Author

    If you've enjoyed this video, please share it with a friend and on your social media pages, thank you! You can find my month by month sowing and planting guides in this playlist

  2. Rhoman Mason Author

    That was great to see 👍I've got in my garlic and onions cauliflower and I'm about to put in some more seeds you've mentioned thanks for all your advice and tips 👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧

  3. MSKCCooke Author

    Very encouraging video… as I watched I had 2 questions, both of which I'm sure you've answered in other vids, but I havent come across yet. 1. What zone are you in (does that even apply to you?) , and 2) how do you store and then prepare your beans? This is all new to me, as I've always used canned or store-bought dry. I guess there is a 3rd question or comment (also probably answered in some other video somewhere). Let's say you meet a new friend who wants to start growing her own food (me, KC), but has a small space, and no idea what to do to properly store it (freezing, drying, canning etc). I am imagining an "in the pantry with Liz" series or online class here 😁). I have watched so many of your videos and love your style! But because you dont have all the time in the world, and I am just West of Chicago, what resources might you suggest? Although do consider an on-line course- I'd sign up! Thanks for all you do!

  4. What I grow, NL allotment Author

    Hello Liz, some good tips for November. I would like to try some mustard greens. I subbed a few years ago, before you had your 100 vlog celebration and I believe around 800 friends. Oh boy things have changed. I really like today’s setup and you look fab. 👍🙂 Enjoyed watching.

  5. WineBerry Farm Author

    I love this time of year to be able to walk through the garden and harvest food veg and seeds for next year could you tell me where I might find some of the black plastic you use in your garden here in the United States? You are looking beautiful there’s a sparkle in your eye thanks for the video.

  6. Anna williams Author

    Wow Liz. Great video and tips on what to sow.
    Your garden still has so much food, incredible! Those leeks look amazing.
    Can I Blanche all my gigantees butter beans and freeze them now. Xxx 💟

  7. Roshni Shah Author

    Excellent video Liz and a very timely reminder as to what to sow now. I see some very healthy tomatoes in your polytunnel. What variety are they?

  8. rosalba colombo Author

    Hi Liz, I follow you from Italy and I really appreciate your films with the speech written below because it's difficult to me understanding everything you tell.
    We have a little vegetable garden and I'm learning all I can learn to grow vegetables. This summer we fought with CIMICE ASIATICA a very very unpleasent insect that damage every kind of vegetable and we have also many snails that appreciate a little too much ours salades. Greetings from Italy

  9. Walnut Tree Homestead Author

    You can also over winter chillis in the house when they bloom just give them a shake for pollination give them moderate water come spring cut them back a bit and get a start on an early harvest next year. Plant out come may

  10. Jane Kelly Author

    It's great to see you've still got so much going on in the garden. One question though – at about 5m 20s you mention a crop that you are going to leave for another year and I didn't quite catch the name – help!


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