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.