September is a great time for the garden - with some hard work and a bit of luck, it should be pumping it out at the moment but many of your crops will be coming to the end of their seasons, so the Autumnal Clear-Up will need to be started soon. But keep harvesting, keep sowing, keep enjoying and happy eating. Welcome to Jobs in the garden for September.
Jobs In The Garden In September...
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. Plump or Your Pumpkins
Remove any greenery from around your pumpkins and squashes to concentrate growth.
2. Make A Clean Slate
Stop your prized pumpkins from rotting on the vine, by putting a slate or rock underneath, to lift them off the ground.
3. Harvest Time
Keep harvesting your crops - it is very easy to admire the plot but another thing to use it - many crops grow better too if harvested.
4. Feed and Water
Beans such as French and Runners need constant watering and feeding - don't forget to harvest too, to encourage even more crops.
5. Ail Ail
Time to start thinking og next season - add garlic and onions to your plot, for crops next year.
Jobs In The Garden in September - Grow Your Own Tips...
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Dry Up
Fennel should be coming to the end of it's season, so cut the heads off whole and store in a dry place to preserve the seeds
2. Plan for Winter
There's nothing worse than need herbs from the garden, in the rain and snow and it not being to hand - plan for pots right by your door.
3. Sow Again
Mint and Parsely grow well if sown this time of year, ready for Xmas and beyond.
4. Wash Up
Many herbs will be coming to an end, so now is the time to wash pots ready for the next sowing of herbs.
Mint will be dying back now so cut it right back to ensure a great crop again next year.
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Plum Job
Pick plums now before they rot and fall onto the grown. Pick, cut in half, stone and then freeze on trays individual to store in Winter.
2. Hard Job
Now is the time to take hardwood cuttings from your favourite berries such as currants, gooseberries and figs.
3. Black is Back
Pick blackberries to your heart's content - either from your garden or the hedgerows - freeze individually on trays and then bag.
4. Rotten Job
Look out for rotting fruit on your trees. If you spot apples, plums or pears (for example) with bad fruit, pick and destroy or it will spread.
Strawberry runners are primed to be used now for new plants for next season. Make sure to also destroy any old straw that may harbour disease.