This can be a lovely month in the garden, writes KG editor Steve Ott (pictured below). The weather can often be mild and sunny and there are lots of harvests to gather and to turn into all manner of delicious pickles, pies and frozen goodies for the quieter months ahead.
To inspire you we have bags of advice from our top team. Ben Vanheems has some great advice to help you fill your winter store cupboard to bursting point and we have lots of mouth-watering recipes to help you get the best from your late season pickings from top cooks, Anna Cairns Pettigrew, James Hillery and Jane Hickling.
That’s not to say that you should be hanging up your trowel for the winter – far from it! There is still lots to do to ensure the home-grown fruit and veg keeps flowing. Apart from our usual jobs for the month outside and under cover, you’ll find advice on growing salads, including some more unusual types, and also prepping your greenhouse (or polytunnel) for the colder months.
Have you had a good year for fruit this year? Certainly in my part of the East Midlands it has been a good year for apples and pears, but if you’d like to get even more from your trees, award-winning writer David Patch brings you his guide to essential tasks to complete now to give you your best harvests ever in 2020.
PS: The deadline for entering our super Plotter Competition 2019 is looming. Get the October issue to discover more, including how to enter, either by post or online.
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