I am happy to save sweet pea sowing until spring, but if you like to be ahead of the game, start seeds off in pots inside now and overwinter them in a cold frame or cool greenhouse. They must be well protected against slugs and mice. Those with greenhouses can continue to sow lettuce for winter cropping. Use a variety such as 'Cynthia' (Unwins, pounds 1.45) that you can sow from October until the end of January.
Those who take good care of their fruit trees should put greasebands around trunks and stakes to trap the crawling, wingless winter months whose progeny may cause havoc next season.Reuse content