From planting garlic to collecting leaves – gardening jobs for autumn
Autumn may be in full swing but there is still plenty to do
Plant healthy cloves of garlic 2.5cm deep with the pointed end up: ‘Solent Wight’ is an excellent variety, bred on the Isle of Wight. It needs a sunny spot and good drainage. Hardy to at least -10C, it is also happy in a pot. Bulbs will be ready for harvest next summer. Sow winter salads in pots, under cloches in the ground, or in a greenhouse: try alpine lettuce ‘Ciucca’ (from seedsofitaly.com), lamb’s lettuce, mizuna, mibuna and varieties of mustard. ‘De Monica’ broad beans are adapted to growing in low light; sow now in prepared beds for an early crop next year.