WHAT TO DO NOW
Before you order new seeds for next year, take stock both of what seeds you have that are still viable and what were this year’s biggest successes. Short season tomato cultivars were my revelation with the ‘Purple Ukraine’ producing many kilos of glossy, goose egg-sized fruits that were deliciously jammy when cooked and eaten in a bacon sandwich. Early cropping and good sized, the sweetly flavoured, fat French leek ‘Monstrueux de Carentan’ was ready mid September. To sow something right now what about pea shoots? Fill a shallow tray or box with compost and sow seeds about 1cm apart. The vining pea ‘Serge’ has been specially chosen for its delicious, sweet-tasting tendrils and leaves, which can be mixed with other leaves to give your winter salad bowl a bit of variety.