* I usually view the week before Halloween as the last chance to transplant any brassicas - spring cabbages, et al. And also to plant onions and garlic. If you’re doing that then still cover the lot with netting to protect them from birds.
* We are only noticing the chill now but if you have composting worms then it’s a good idea to insulate the bins with bubble wrap or charity shop jumpers – it’s about protection and productivity — they grind to a halt in cold weather.
* If you have been dragging your heels now is great time to get a water butt attached to the down pipe in time for the monsoons.
* Keep weeding, deadheading, applying organic pest and disease treatments, lifting debris and tidying as you go.
* A final pertinent tip - If I can borrow a maxim from a colleague of McMahon, the infamous Mr Meriwether Lewis himself: “Don’t run out of booze until there’s no turning back.”