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.
- 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