Pick something unusual
It’s time to pick apples, along with quinces, damsons, medlars and sloes. It’s also the best time to plant new trees.
If you’re thinking of adding a small fruit tree to your garden, why not try an unusual heritage variety? Grow at Brogdale (home of the National Fruit Collection), www. brogdaleonline.co.uk, specialises in rare fruit trees including quince, damson and medlar.
To grow sloes, buy blackthorn from the Woodland Trust (www. woodlandtrust.org.uk).