WE might have an Indian summer lasting long into deepest winter, but the chances are it will soon become colder, wetter, windier and, all too soon, frosty. So it’s time to pick, process and store almost everything before it’s wasted. Now a few crops such as carrots and other root crops, leeks and the hardier brassicas can be left to fend for themselves. Most others, especially such as tomatoes and squashes, really need to be somewhere guaranteed warmer and drier otherwise they will just rot.
A garden shed or garage will do, but make sure there is plenty of ventilation to help dry them off. (This applies to almost everything you want to store, especially fruits such as apples and pears, which ‘sweat’ for their first weeks after picking). Tomato and pepper plants can be pulled up, roots and all, as their fruits ripen best on the vine, which can be hung to dry.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
How To Add Colour In Autumn
If you want a hardworking perennial for autumn colour that thrives on neglect and provides food for insects, try planting hylotelephiums, says Louise Curley
Let's Know About Autumn Pests And Diseases
Get to grips with seasonal problems, says Ruth
Autumn Plant Recipes
It may be past summer, but you can still plant gorgeous containers to bring colour and beauty. Tamsin Hope Thomson offers three great ‘recipes’ and lots of tips
The clematis supremo
Delight to have plants blooming for Chelsea, says Peter
Plants left in the ground
A generous layer of mulch will insulate roots and tubers
Tender perennial care
It’s time to help tender varieties through winter, says Ruth
Winter moth prevention
Ruth shows you how to avoid maggoty tree fruits
Wishing on a Star…
What would you do for the right dahlia? Toby reveals how far he’ll go for one of his all-time floral favourites
Oranges and lemons
Try one of the following for citrus fragrance in your garden, says Christopher Lloyd
The cottage garden
A traditional cottage garden is just the ticket for Janet and Steve Howell’s 19th century home in Staffordshire, says Sue Bradley, as she explains the challenges they faced
WORKERS FED UP WITH NIGHTS, WEEKENDS SEEK FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES
After struggling to hire workers for its outlet store in Dallas, Balsam Hill finally opened on Sept. 1. But the very next day, the online purveyor of high-end artificial holiday trees was forced to close after four of its five workers quit.
TRUMP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF HIS VERY OWN SOCIAL MEDIA SITE
Nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump said this week he’s launching a new media company with its own social media platform.
VIRGINIA EXPECTS $2B IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE BROADBAND FUNDING
Virginia has received a record number of local and private sector applications to match state investments in broadband connectivity and the state expects more than $2 billion in total broadband funding, Gov. Ralph Northam announced this week.
NETFLIX POSTS HIGHER 3Q EARNINGS, SOLID SUBSCRIBER GROWTH
Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including “Squid Game,” the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show.
TESLA HITS RECORD PROFIT DESPITE PARTS SHORTAGE, SHIP DELAYS
Record electric vehicle sales last summer amid a shortage of computer chips and other materials propelled Tesla Inc. to the biggest quarterly net earnings in its history.
RIGHT ON CUE: NBA FINDS HIGH TECH OPTION FOR VIRUS TESTING
If so inclined, an NBA player could now test himself for the coronavirus and get results on his phone in no more than 20 minutes.
SENATOR ASKS FACEBOOK CEO TO TESTIFY ON INSTAGRAM AND KIDS
The senator leading a probe of Facebook’s Instagram and its impact on young people is asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel that has heard farreaching criticisms from a former employee of the company.
COMPANY BEHIND TETHER ‘TOKEN' FINED $41M BY US REGULATORS
The company behind a digital token called Tether has agreed to pay $41 million to settle charges that it misled investors by claiming the token was fully backed at all times by U.S. dollars and other fiat currencies
FACEBOOK PLANS TO HIRE 10,000 IN EUROPE TO BUILD ‘METAVERSE'
Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform that promises to connect people virtually but could raise concerns about privacy and the social platform gaining more control over people’s online lives.
PAWN STARS' CHUMLEE SHEDS 160 LBS OF FAT
Gastric sleeve works miracle