...doing a very thorough clean up.
This time of year is a great time to do a thorough job of tidying up vegetation (and other garden debris) so that there is less opportunity for those pesky slugs and snails to hunker down and make themselves comfortable for winter. Snails and slugs like to hide under boards, rocks, old plant pots - any damp, dark places. Tall grass and vegetation is a haven for slugs and snails - cut it back! Remove any dead leaves or fallen branches and anything that can decay and provide food for snails and slugs.
....storing your summer produce.
You may have onions and pumpkins ready for harvesting now.
Your pumpkins are ready to harvest when the vine dies back. When harvesting, trim your pumpkin off the vine with a sharp knife, leaving 2-3 inches of stem. Leaving a length of stem like this will allow the stalk to dry off slowly and naturally and protect rot from getting into the pumpkin. Wipe off all dirt and moisture and store in a cool, dry place.
If you have excess tomatoes and cucumbers, get into the kitchen and make some preserves. Blanch and freeze extra beans. Or get the dehydrator out of storage.
Hang excess herbs to dry, and you can enjoy their fragrance and flavour when they are no longer available in your garden.
This week in your garden you could also be...
...having giant vegetable or weird/wonderful vegetable competitions with your friends and neighbours.
...spending a sunny afternoon doing some tool maintenance.
Once a year you can clean metal surfaces with simple soap and water. Dry thoroughly then clean with steel wool or a wire brush to remove rust. Apply a light coating of oil, wipe away the excess and you're done.
Keep your pruning and cutting tools sharp throughout the season by sharpening them regularly. After use, always wipe down and lightly oil your tools before storing in a nice dry area.
...and a final thought...
...you could be just sitting out in the garden, enjoying the view!
kirsten says ...
And can we plant any broccoli and brussels sprouts seedlings that have been attacked - so now leafless - by those not so enjoyable white butterflies?! I hate white butterflies!!!
Kings Seeds says ...
Kirsten, those little seedlings really need their leaves....they won't make it without them, unfortunately. You'll need some more seedlings if you want broccoli and brussels sprouts later. Curses on the white butterflies!