How to har­vest per­fect pump­kin


starches to break down into sim­ple sug­ars. Wipe them clean, keep them off the ground and ven­ti­lated (a slat­ted shelf is ideal) and store them in a sin­gle layer but not touch­ing. cut it back too hard as it can die back.

If your thyme and oregano are look­ing a bit tired and woody, they’ll ben­e­fit from a hair­cut as well.

I’m go­ing to sow co­rian­der this week­end. My spring co­rian­der bolted to seed be­fore I’d blinked, so I’m hop­ing the cooler au­tumn days will curb its fly-by-night ten­den­cies. Try ‘Slow Bolt’ from Kings Seeds. Al­ways sow co­rian­der di­rect as it has a ma­jor hissy fit when it’s trans­planted, re­fus­ing to grow or bolt­ing to seed. Other herbs that can be di­rect sown now in­clude pars­ley, rose­mary (un­der a cold frame), bor­age and fen­nel. Check out the range of herbs at Kings Seeds. mol­luscs in up­turned plant pots or lay bait. Tui Quash is a non­toxic bait that is safe to use around pets and chil­dren, be­ing rated less toxic than ta­ble salt, plus the first year of re­sults from a two-year Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety study iden­ti­fy­ing the most ef­fec­tive ways of con­trol­ling slugs and snails, has shown or­ganic pel­lets to be al­most as ef­fec­tive as their non-or­ganic equiv­a­lent. In­ter­est­ingly, lay­ing down mulch, one of the con­trol mea­sures be­ing tri­alled in the study, has been shown to in­crease slug dam­age. Sci­en­tists be­lieve this may be be­cause mulch pro­vides a warm, moist habi­tat for them to hun­ker down in.

Pel­lets aside, go on a night pa­trol, armed with a torch and

bucket and maybe have a snail or slug race or two be­fore you dis­pose of them.

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