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September and October Allotment Tips
This month heralds the start of a new season, as the nights drain and the temperatures drop.
However, there’s still lots to enjoy and to keep you busy on the plot as you continue to harvest and make a few last sowings under cover.
Dig over bare areas of soil that have been left vacant by harvested crops. Consider sowing
winter green manures
Overwintering turnips, onions, spinach, winter lettuces, and oriental vegetables should be sown now.
Overwintering onion sets and garlic cloves are now ready to be planted
Continue to feed tomato plants, pumpkins, and other fruiting vegetables with a liquid feed that is high in potassium to increase colour and flavour
Ripening pumpkins and squashes should be lifted off the soil and placed on a patio slab or straw to prevent them rotting
Autumn raspberries should now be ready for harvesting. Early apples and pears will also be ready for picking
This is the culmination of the growing year and traditionally the main month for harvesting and
celebrating the previous season There may be a slight chill in the air, but gardeners can begin to relax as both the growth of weeds and plants starts to slow up.
If you think you have grown a particularly impressive fruit or vegetable, why not enter a
local or even national vegetable growing competition?
Make or buy a compost bin. The simplest type of bin is made fronm nailing three pallets together to form the back and two sides
This is the main harvesting season for apples and pears They should be stored in an airy, dark
room until they are required for eating or cooking
Take hardwood cuttings of gooseberries, currants, figs and grapevines between now and the end of February.
Figs may need protection with a fleece if in a cold, exposed area. Remove any fruitlets larger than the size of a pea as they won’t ripen the following year
Pumpkins and winter squashes should be ready for harvesting. They will store for longen if left out in the sun for a few days before being taken in to store
Dig up any remaining tomato plants and hang them upside down in a greenhouse to allow the fruit
to ripen. Ones that don’t ripen can be brought inside and left in a drawer to ripen with a banana.
Earth up around the bases of Brussels sprouts to prevent the plants from being blown over.