Gardening Calendar for September

September is when I really start to notice the days are getting shorter.  It’s a great time of year to add to your organic harvest with some great foraging.

To Do

  • Store excess harvests like beetroot and make yummy pickles for the winter
  • Keep on top of slug and snail control by using slug traps, egg shells, nematodes, organic slug pellets and destroying eggs.
  • Continue to water your greenhouse regularly, it can still be very warm and sunny at this time of year.
  • Propagate new new strawberry plants from their runners.
  • Growth starts to slow in perennial weeds now so it’s best to deal with them as soon as possible.
  • Dig new beds for your vegetables.  Now is a great time of year to start digging and let them overwinter.
  • Check out the planting guide for vegetables to sow this month.  Quick growing salads like our baby leaf mix are great for cut-and-come-again salads.
  • If you still have a lot of green tomatoes left try leaving them with a ripe banana to ripen up faster.
  • Look after your wildlife, consider providing overwinter accommodation for bees and ladybirds.
  • Harvest onions and try storing them with raffia plaits.
  • Make a pond or do a bit of maintenance on existing ponds, even a tiny pond will increase the biodiversity of your environment.  Take out any fallen leaves  and thin out vigorous plants.
  • Use biodegradable leaf sacks to make beautiful rich leaf mould
  • Take hardwood cuttings of fruit bushes

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