Thursday, 31 December 2009

August jobs on the allotment

  • When harvesting potatoes, take care to remove all tubers as any left will sprout next year and can spread disease. Know your Potatoes
  • Keep harvesting the courgettes, don't let them get large as they will think that the job is done and they can stop trying to reproduce. About 10cm (4 inches) is the perfect size for harvesting. Know your courgettes
  • It's your last chance to sow beetroot for an autumn harvest. Sow seed directly in the ground in fertile soil. Know your Beetroot.
  • Water tomato plants daily and increase feeding to ensure healthy fruit. Remove any yellow leaves at the base by snapping off the stems. Know your tomatoes
  • Pick carrots as soon as they're big enough to eat. Choose undamaged roots and store in a cool, dry place. Know your carrots
  • Continue to sow hardy salad seeds for a tasty crop over winter. Mulch around plants to keep the moisture in. Know your lettuce
  • Don't let high winds damage the sweetcorn, support with a spade of soil around the base and tread well down. Know your sweetcorn
  • Keep the greenhouse ventilated – hang sticky yellow cards as fly traps and perhaps shade the glass with a whitewash.
  • Keep an eye on brassicas and remove any caterpillar eggs from the underside of leaves. 
  • Use string across the cabbage patch to deter hungry birds from nibbling the leaves.
  • Turn compost to distribute heat and speed up the ‘rotting’ process. If it is very dry, you can add a little water (urine is very good especially if you have a good aim or a big bucket) but do not soak.
  • Keep an eye on crops that bolt in the hot dry weather such as lettuce and brassicas.
  • Raise the cutting height of the mower. Taller grass cools the roots and helps to keep the moisture in the soil longer.
  • Take care not to cross the lawn in bare feet as there are plenty of bees and wasps around now enjoying the clover flowers!
  • If you have oregano and marjoram flowering in the garden, now is the best time for drying – cut the stems, tie with string, and hang upside down somewhere dry, well ventilated and dark (airing cupboard is good) for about a week, then store in jars for winter. 
  • You can do a similar thing with flowers such as lavender to make drawer scent bags or potpourri.
  • Continue to dead head flowers and pick pea pods to encourage further blooms.


  1. Where am I supposed to find the time to do all this?


  2. If you just do a few of them, you will become much more fulfilled and enlightened.

    Then each year you can try a few more, until eventually you will realise that you have become a true gardener.

    Thanks for caring...