If you’re about to plant autumn veggies, then be sure to choose a place that exposes them to maximum light levels. The days are getting sorter and shorter, and every hour of daylight helps.
It’s easy to overlook the reduced daylight – areas in the garden that get plenty of sunshine in the mornings and evenings during summer, don’t necessarily see much during the next few months as the sun is that much lower. Likewise, tall trees and buildings that don’t block the sun during summer, can easily hide it during the winter.
If you’re waiting for plants to arrive, it is definitely worth nipping into your plot in the morning, afternoon and evening just to see how the light is being affected by the days getting shorter. Then try to plant them in a spot that receives maximum light – it will make all the difference to how they grow over the next few months.