IN THE VEGIE PATCH
In colder areas, after the October long weekend, you can plant cold-sensitive crops like tomatoes, beans, corn, sunflowers and basil outside.
For stunning long-living plants with edible “globes”, plant offsets of artichokes. Dig in lime, allow space (they grow 1.5m tall and 1m wide) and water monthly with liquid manure.
Protect ripening stone fruit from fruit fly, birds and flying foxes by wrapping fruit clusters in exclusion bags.
Go on a mulberry hunt – you’re sure to find an overhanging branch. If planting, choose “Shahtoot” – the white fruit is sweet, abundant and doesn’t stain!