Growth of summer-planted second cropping potatoes will be slowing down towards the end of the month. This is a good time to move pots of spuds under cover to protect them from colder nights and buffeting autumn winds. With any luck you’ll have some spuds for Christmas.
If you have grown melons to maturity, congratulations! Make sure you harvest them at the right stage. Ease off watering in the days before harvesting to intensify the flavour. Their scent will fill the air. Test for ripeness by pushing the stalk end with your thumb. You’re good to go if it gives a little.
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Ease off feeding
Ease off feeding as temperatures start to drop and growth slows. Extra feed at this time of year can go to waste, so there’s little point applying as much as when plants were growing at full pelt. Ease up on watering too. Drier conditions improve taste while reducing the risk of disease.
Keep it cosy
Close vents and doors by early evening to trap in the warmth of the day. With chillier nights on the cards, you want to retain the heat of the day for as long as possible. Be sure to open everything up again in the morning to keep the airflow up and plants healthy.
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