Summer’s end

As crops are lifted, ground is exposed. To prevent loss of nutrients and to improve your soil, sow a quick-growing green manure such as phacilia.  Dig the lawn in early spring. Leave a patch to attract and feed bees and other pollinating insects. As your greenhouse crops ripen, clear them to make room for overwintering plants and salads such as miners’ cress and winter density lettuce. A late sowing of rocket gives a healthier alternative to supermarket packets. Make sure you avoid mould by taking care to use water sparingly. If your tomatoes are slow to ripen, uproot the plants and hang them upside-down. Disinfect and store pots, trays and tools – you’ll be glad you did when it comes to the spring rush.

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