- 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.
- When asparagus foliage turns brown, it is time to cut it down. Take care of the spines, and give the plants a good mulch afterwards.
- Continue planting new strawberry beds.
- Cut back old canes of blackberries and hybrid berries after fruiting and tie in the new canes.
- Prune blackcurrants.
- Harvest top fruit such as apples and pears. Look for fruit falling under the tree (windfalls) to indicate which apples are ready, but also assess taste and texture to determine whether they are ready for harvesting.
- Continue to provide support for heavily-laden fruit tree and bush branches.
These tips have been taken from the Royal Horticultural Society, Grow your own section. Full details can be seen at