Don’t forget to save seeds and money in the process. Runner beans have yielded enough for next year’s crop and dry San Marzano tomato seeds have gone into an envelope until sowing time comes around again.
Pods of perennial sweet pea and wallflower have also been secured. Courgette seeds will come from a large marrow in store, but to grow really big vegetables you need seed with a proven pedigree and that comes at a cost.
Last year, seed firm Thompson & Morgan paid 200 euros for a single pumpkin seed. It came from a hybrid of Atlantic Giant,the world’s heaviest pumpkin in 2012. This same variety recently set a new world record of 2,323.7lbs at the European Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off.
Interested? You can buy a packet containing eight seeds from DT Brown (www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk) for a mere £2.29.