The main mandarin crops are over, but you can plant the mandarin ‘Encore’ to harvest fruit from November to February, by which time ‘Satsuma’ are almost ready. ‘Encore’ is a great all-rounder, easy to peel and has sweet, juicy fruit. For ultra-small trees (with regular-sized fruit) for handkerchief-sized gardens and container growing, look for trees grafted onto the dwarf Flying Dragon rootstock. That goes for all citrus. Plant your mandarin in a frost-free spot in full sun and free draining soil. Protect from cold winds and water well throughout the year.
Switch to lettuces that cope with summer heat. Traditional hearting lettuces are great for the cooler seasons, but during summer these tend to get tip burn or rot from the inside out after rain. Some lettuce varieties are much more heatand drought- tolerant than others. The speckled red and green ‘Canasta’ (from Kings Seeds) is
one example; hybrid ‘Salanova’ lettuces are great too. As well, sow annual rocket rather than peppery perennial rocket for a longer lasting yield. If you can, plant your lettuces in the ground. The soil in raised beds and containers can get too hot for tender lettuces over summer. If that’s not an option, keep your containers in part shade.
Get busy, it’s sowing time for all above-ground-producing plants. Sow lettuce, cauli and cabbage, spinach and sweetcorn out-of-doors. Gardening by the moon