THE wet weather may have left your container plants straggly and your borders forlorn, but the miserable summer may lead to a glorious autumn full of fruit and vegetables, Ness Gardens award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw predicts.
There are plenty of strawberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries at the moment, and crops such as lettuces should be fine if you can keep the slugs off them. He said: “For indoor tomatoes it would be worth removing some of the leaves to expose the fruits because we haven’t had high light levels, so the fruits won’t ripen as quickly and the skins of tomatoes will go leathery.
“I just have a gardener’s sniff that it’s going to be a good autumn,” he added, ever the optimist.
If you do find yourself with a glut, volunteers at Transition Town West Kirby are offering a free service where they will do the harvesting, you take what you want and they give the rest to the local community.
If you would like to use the service or to help pick or know of groups that can make use of the produce please contact Margaret Campbell on firstname.lastname@example.org.