September is the month to enjoy the fruits if your labours. A lot of your product will be ready to harvest this month, but it’s also time to start thinking about preparing for the frost and planning for next year.
- Complete pruning of soft fruit bushes – apple and pear trees, in particular, will benefit from this
- Sow green manure, such as grazing rye – suppresses weeds over the winter
- Feed all late crops with a general fertiliser – do this now for great crops when the time comes
- Dig up and compost any plants that have finished their season – ensure you have great soil for next years planting
- Cut back old canes of blackberries – do this after fruiting and tie in the new canes
- Globe Artichokes
- Spring Onions
- Red onion
- Spring cabbage
- Crimson clover and Italian ryegrass – they act as ground cover during the winter. When dug in, they conserve nutrients and improve soil texture.
Pests and Diseases
- Watch tomatoes for blossom end rot, and other ripening problems. These are usually caused by irregular watering
- Wasps are attracted this time of year due to the ripening of your fruit. protect any grapes or fruit from wasps with netting or mesh.