Chủ Nhật, 3 tháng 9, 2023

Allotment jobs for September

 September is a busy month in the allotment, with plenty of harvesting to do and some planting for future crops. Here are some essential tasks for September:

1. Harvest Crops: September is a bountiful month. Harvest crops like onions, potatoes, runner beans, courgettes, autumn-fruiting raspberries, tomatoes, apples, and the last of the runner beans. Be sure to pick fruits and vegetables when they are at their peak of ripeness for the best flavor


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2. Preserve Your Harvest: With gluts of certain crops, consider preserving them for later use. You can make jams, chutneys, and pickles from surplus fruits and vegetables. Invest in some good preserving equipment like apple presses and jam-making kits.



3. Sow Green Manure: If you have areas of the allotment that will be left bare over winter, sow a green manure crop like grazing rye or phacelia. Green manure suppresses weeds and enriches the soil when turned under in spring, improving its fertility.



4. Watering: Even though September can still be warm, don't forget to keep up with your watering schedule. Ensure your plants receive adequate moisture, especially if there's a dry spell. Consider using a hose, hose spray gun, or watering can, but check for any hosepipe restrictions in your area.



5. Watch for Wasps: Wasps can become a nuisance, particularly around ripe fruits. Pick fruits as soon as they are ready to minimize damage. Remove fallen fruits promptly. Additionally, protect fruit trees like apples and pears from bird damage, which can attract wasps.



6. Plan for Fall Planting: While much of your focus may be on harvesting, consider what you want to plant for the fall and winter. Cool-season crops like kale, winter lettuce, and spinach can be sown in September for a later harvest. Take advantage of the warm soil to establish these plants before colder weather sets in.

7. General Maintenance: Don't neglect general maintenance tasks. Keep pathways clear, remove weeds, and tidy up your allotment plot. This will help prevent pests and diseases from taking hold and make it easier for you to work as the growing season progresses.

8. Soil Improvement: If you have finished harvesting an area, use this opportunity to improve the soil. Consider adding compost or well-rotted manure to replenish nutrients and improve soil structure.

9. Plan for the Future: Take some time to plan for next year. Consider crop rotations, new varieties to try, and any changes or improvements you want to make to your allotment layout.

September can be a rewarding month in the allotment, offering a rich harvest and the opportunity to prepare for the coming seasons. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and stay ahead with planting for the months ahead.

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