RIG UP A POLYTUNNEL
Keep your lettuces and herbs snug for speedy salads. A simple row-long cloche, made by draping frost cloth or clear plastic over bent wire hoops, will keep the soil significantly warmer heading into winter. Peg down the sides and tie up the ends to stop cold draughts. On warmer days you'll need to open it up to allow for ventilation. Direct sow mesclun salad, rocket, winter lettuces, spinach and baby beets – or keep your seed trays and small pots under cover to hasten germination. A plastic cover means no water will penetrate, so don’t forget to water!
Deal to blueberry rust
If your blueberry plants are sporting rust on their leaves, deal to it with Yates Nature’s Way Fungus Spray or copper oxychloride. Both can be applied during autumn or winter. If you spray earlier, make sure you check the withholding period if the plants have fruit. At the same time check your plants for weak
branches. Pruning of blueberries should be limited to removing weak or dead branches and to open up the bush if it becomes very dense. Fruit is borne on second year wood, so if pruned regularly you won’t get any fruit. It’s quite normal for some limbs to be more vigorous, almost like water shoots – often they are the best fruiters, so keep those!
Cultivate but don’t sow anything. Gardening by the moon Feed plants with a liquid fertiliser. Full moon 2.20am