I sowed some giant sunflowers on a whim in spring and they are smiling their huge sunny faces at me. In this time of bounty it’s time to sow crops for winter so they get some growth before the days are too short and cold. Lettuce, leeks, cabbage, fennel, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, beetroot, silverbeet, radish, sprouting broccoli and parsley. Brassicas go under fine mesh to keep off the cabbage white butterflies. The Hawke’s Bay farmers’ market has a wonderful range of really healthy seedlings for sale. You need to plant them or pot them up as soon as you get home to give them the best chance.