Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - 2017 GARDENING CALENDAR -

Make a big batch of pesto from end-of-sea­son basil. Freeze to store.

• If your toma­toes have suc­cumbed to blight, cut your losses. Cut the vines and hang in a warm shed to ripen any re­main­ing green trusses of fruit.

• Pears should be ripened off the tree for 2-3 weeks. When they’re al­most ma­ture and ready to pick, the stems will snap eas­ily at the joint just above the fruit.

• Save sun­flower seeds to feed to birds in win­ter.

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