- Continue to sow vegetables for overwintering, to mature next spring, including: turnip, spinach, winter lettuce, Oriental vegetables.
- Plant overwintering onion sets.
- Spring cabbages that were sown last month are probably ready for planting out. Cover them with horticultural fleece or netting to stop the pigeons shredding them.
- Sow green manures such as crimson clover and Italian ryegrass to act as a soil improver and to cover bare areas. When dug in, they conserve nutrients and improve soil texture.
- Finish tying in shoots on wall-trained fan trees.
- Cut back old canes of blackberries and hybrid berries after fruiting and tie in the new canes.
- Prune blackcurrants.
- Watch tomatoes for blossom end rot, and other ripening problems.
- Be sure to clear debris created when lifting potatoes, and take care not to damage the tubers.
- Control against bacterial canker at the end of the month.
- Protect grapes from wasps.
These tips have been taken from the Royal Horticultural Society, Grow your own section. Full details can be seen at