What to harvest now
What to plant now
Easy to grow and perfect to add to summery dishes like salad and fish, dill is best sown at this time of year when there is no risk of frost. Choose a warm spot out of the wind, but with some protection from the sun. Plants usually flower within six weeks of seedlings coming through; simply pick the tips off the stems and get cooking.
It might seem early to be thinking about winter vegetables, but if you want nice, fat leeks for your warming soups later in the year, now is the time to plant out the seedlings. Leeks like soil rich in organic matter, so use well-aged manure, and position in full sun. Water regularly until they are well established. You can harvest from around mid-autumn.
Given they're easy to grow and can be eaten within a month of planting, radishes are ideal for getting children interested in gardening. Sow seeds 5cm apart and no more than 1cm deep, and keep the soil moist. They should sprout in seven days; as little as three weeks later you'll see pink bulb tops, which means they're ready for harvesting.
The buzz on bees
● Choosing vegetable crops popular with bees. Plant carrots, onions, tomatoes and beans.
● Using compost rather than synthetic fertilisers.