Plants that are fruiting or producing flowers need extra attention. Stake up any that will need support as the fruits and flower heads get bigger, it’s best to prepare just in case.
Anything that’s ripe can be picked now and you can freeze your glut of chillies or peas and beans right at home—ready to thaw and consume as and when you need them.
Any strawberries and tomatoes can be harvested early and left to ripen in the fridge, which is better than leaving them to spoil.
I’d recommend gathering young beans, peas and baby courgettes before you leave too.
If left to mature on the vine, these will stop the plant from producing.
If need be, you can also slow the growth of any leafy green crops that may spoil, like cress and lettuce, by providing them with more shade.