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Things to do in September

Top tasks for September - September marks the onset of autumn. at this time of year, the early crops will be coming to an end. On the other hand later crops are coming into harvest now and you should be lifting maincrop potatoes, pulling leeks, picking apples, pears and late-season plums. The season certainly isn’t over yet.


Sow green manures - field beans, annual ryegrass and phacelia can be sown. They will overwinter and can be dug into the ground next spring.


Turn your compost heap - turn the compost heap regularly with a fork to aerate it adn stimulate decomposition. water it if dry and cover to keep the heat in, this all speeds the compost prodcution up.


Ripen and pick tomatoes - to encourage tomatoes to fatten up and ripen remove all lower leaves from the plants and keep picking.


Cut down asparagus - tall, feathery asparagus foliage will be starting to turn yellow and should be cut down to just 2.5 cm above ground level.


Feed and trim celeriac - feed regularly with a liquid manure, remove any old, damaged leaves from around the stems


Harvest apples and pears - check for ripeness of fruits and pick when the moment is right. Early pears can be picked while still slightly firm and then ripened indoors.


Sow or plant in September

Cabbages - transplant your spring cabbages this month or next. Its now time to plant them out in their final growing position


Salad Crops - sow winter lettuce and further batches of rocket and land cress along with a few last minute radishes may give you a final crop before the end of the year.


Onions - plant overwintering onion sets , prepare the ground well first and add an all purpose fertiliser.


Cranberries - try a new fruit and plant cranberry bushes at any time from September to November. Bear in mind they do need an acid soil, so you could grow them in large tubs of ericaceous compost instead.


Strawberries - plant new strawberry plants, sooner they are in, the sooner they establish and therefore produce a bigger crop next year.