Gardening tips

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Three ways to store your produce

1. Dry onions, shallots and garlic, then store them in a frost-free shed or garage, keeping them in net bags hung up so the air can circulate around them.

2. Only freeze top quality, fresh produce, so aim to pick and freeze the same day. Freeze leaf beet, carrots, French beans and broccoli.

3. You can leave some produce in the ground until you need it, including carrots, leeks, parsnips and beetroot, but when winter comes cover the vegetables with cloches or fleece to protect them from frost damage.

What to do this week:

Cut back: Prune larger-leaved evergreens including laurel

flowers: Pick flowers such as sweet peas and dahlias to encourage further flowering

geraniums: Give hardy geraniums a haircut with shears to help them stay compact

lavender: Cut lavender for drying, just before the buds open fully, and tie in loose bunches, hanging them upside down in a well-ventilated, warm spot

garlic: When the foliage of garlic starts to yellow, the bulbs should be ready for lifting

tomatoes: Regularly remove side shoots from tomatoes

grass: Keep recently laid lawns well watered at all times

salad: Continue to sow rocket, lamb’s lettuce and claytonia.

fruit: Prune summer-fruiting raspberries when they finish cropping.