PROTECT BRASSICA HEADS
Hail storms occur suddenly and often without warning. Try this on your broccoli and cauliflowers and you’ll be rewarded with full, undamaged heads should it hail. Tying good-sized leaves over broccoli and cauli heads will save you the disappointment of that coleslaw-in-the-raw effect brought on by falling ice. If you predicted frosts and used buckets, laundry baskets or rubbish bins to cover your crop for a temporary measure (place a brick or heavy object on top to stop them blowing away), be sure to remove them once the storm has passed so your plants don’t overheat.
Start your tomatoes
It’s early, but not too early if you’re obsessed! Tomato fanatics and adventurous souls start sowing seeds now. But don’t try this at home unless you can do it in a warm, light spot indoors. Sow tomatoes in peat pots and cover with paper until the seeds have
sprouted. Starting now means your plants will be a good size by the time the ground has warmed up enough to plant them outside. October is the rule of green-thumb, but use your discretion if you are getting cold nights still, or protect your plants at night with a cloche.
First quarter Sow anything that produces leaves and flowers above ground that can cope with a winter start in life. Sow lettuce under glass, and take hardwood cuttings. Gardening by the moon