We have really come to the end of our summer vegetables now and taken out a lot of the plants that were growing really well for us a few months back. Nothing has gone to waste and everything we have taken out has either been eaten, displayed or recycled in the compost bin. But there are always jobs to do in the garden and we still have a few vegetables growing. The Purple sprouting broccoli will be ready in spring time and is growing really strongly. We also have lettuces and winter cabbages which are doing well despite the drop in temperatures. This week a school helped me remove the last of our red cabbages and plant up broad bean seeds. If you have a patch of bare earth in your school garden this is the time you can do the same. Plant them now and you should get a lovely crop of broad beans after Easter. Plant them in rows around a foot to 18" apart and I would recommend you use Aquadulce broad beans for over wintering.
At our last school visit we had great fun doing some wet felting with sheep's wool. Everyone blended different colours of carded and dyed sheep's fleece to create their own piece of fabric. We had a wonderfully colourful washing line as they all dried in the garden.
Finally my tip for the month is to collect as many fallen leaves as you can.
Add them to your compost bin to make more soil for next year
Use them as a weed suppressant on any empty garden beds you wont be using for a while
Use them as a mulch ( a bit like a blanket) around the base of any more tender plants you may still have growing
Store them in black plastic bags to use as a mulch, compost or soil additive next year.