Still plenty of time to sow:
- Lettuce, short carrots, radish, spinach, spring onions, chard, courgettes, runner beans, rocket, pak choi.
- Tomatoes – take side shoots off tomatoes and remove yellow leaves. Pinch tops out when they reach the top of greenhouse.
- Onions – ripen by bending leaves just above neck of each plant.
- Leeks – blanch by earthing up around stems, be aware that early maturing leeks may not last over winter.
- Broad beans – If you cut them to 3 shoots they will grow again and you will have a few extra beans.
- Runner beans – pinch out tops when they reach the top of the cane.
- Cabbages – feed winter cabbages with a nitrogen feed.
- Cauliflowers – harvest and wrap in cling film, they will last longer in fridge.
- Courgettes – pick by twisting them off. Make sure you pick them regularly or they will stop fruiting.
- Potatoes – If you want to store for a bit longer, cut the tops off and leave in ground for 10 days, then lift.
- Pick – cucumbers by cutting with a sharp knife, pick runner beans young, they taste better and are less stringy, pick French beans when they snap easily.
- Weed around plants.
- If you have any empty ground try sowing some green manure, it will improve the fertility of your soil.
- Stake brussel sprouts and purple sprouting.
- Prune simmer fruiting
- Prune stone fruits such as plums, peaches, etc. If you prune these in winter they will get silver leaf which can kill the tree.
- Summer prune apples and pears.
- Pot on strawberry
Pests and diseases:
- Damp down greenhouse to avoid red spider mite.
- Check brassicas regularly for any signs of cabbage white butterfly caterpillars, or whitefly.
- Check for maggots in plum and apple trees, if you have them next year put up pheromone traps.
- Look out for blight on potatoes.
- Your garden week by week – AGL Hellyar
- RHS Grow your own veg – carol Klein
- RHS Grow your own – iPad app
- Charles Dowdings vegetable garden