Bob’s top tips for the week
1 Start a leaf-mould bin and keep adding to it – it’s the best soil and compost improver you can get. 2 Take foot-long cuttings of blackcurrants, redcurrants, grapes and gooseberries, trim faded leaves fade and push into soil. 3 Stop regular watering of most tender plants in containers under cover (like this streptocarpus). From now on give just enough to stop them wilting. 4 Beware: as the nights begin to cool it’s now that rodents move into sheds, greenhouses, cellars, garages and attics. Block obvious holes and set precautions.