Despite the weather becoming colder and wetter, there are still some jobs you can get done in the garden this month says our gardening Chef Patron, John.
• Winter lettuces, autumn onion sets and spring cabbages
• Baby cabbage and cauliflower, which will reach maturity by early winter. Great for winter dishes
• Soft fruits like strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants. Planting now will pay dividends into 2019, when you’ll be able to enjoy eating everything you’ve grown
• Apples, pears and plums will all take a little longer to grow, but they will still yield fantastic results if planted now while the ground is still warm and hopefully frost-free.
• Trim back lavender bushes if you haven’t already done so
• Cut Jerusalem artichokes back to ground level
• Remove yellow leaves from brassicas as they encourage disease
• Cut out the fruited canes of blackberries, loganberries and tayberries.
• Carrots, potatoes and beetroot. Leave parsnips because they tend to taste better after a frost
• Dig up and split old rhubarb crowns
• Once your vegetable patch is clear, dig it over
• Start preparing your soil for next year by digging in compost, manure and organic matter.