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Keep pick­ing run­ner beans when young so they stay ten­der. When beans have fin­ished, cut the plants away but leave the roots in the soil – they’ll ‘fix’ ni­tro­gen by re­leas­ing it into the soil as the roots de­com­pose.

Cut ex­cess fo­liage from cor­don tomato plants to al­low the sun to ripen re­main­ing trusses of fruit. Com­post leaves that have been snipped from plants.

As pump­kins swell, cut off leaves that cast shadow on fruits to help them ripen.

Choose a dry day to lift main­crop pota­toes. Let spuds rest on the soil sur­face for at least sev­eral hours to al­low them to dry.

Ex­am­ine sweet­corn to see if crops are ready to har­vest: pinch a ker­nel and it will re­lease a milky sap if ripe (wa­tery sap means it’s not ready for pick­ing).

Sow win­ter salad mixes and va­ri­eties of broad beans that are pop­u­lar for au­tumn sow­ing, such as ‘Aquadulce Clau­dia’.

Plant over­win­ter­ing onion sets and gar­lic bulbs.

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