Saturday, 4 September 2010

September jobs on the allotment

  • Legend says, if it's fair on September 1, it will be fair for the entire month.
  • This month as autumn approaches it is time to give some thought to getting the garden and allotment ready for the colder months ahead.
  • It is a ideal time to begin getting plants ready for the winter and to plant spring bulbs, harvest fruit and vegetables.
  • Dig up your frost tender herbs such as rosemary, basil, tarragon, oregano, marjoram, thyme, parsley, and chives to grow them inside as houseplants. Keep them in a cool, sunny spot, and allow the soil to dry out before watering. Snip off the leaves as needed in the kitchen, but do not strip them completely.
  • Harvest maincrop potatoes if there are signs of slugs or wireworm, otherwise wait until the foliage dies down.
  • Dry onions, garlic and shallots ready for storage.
  • Keep picking sweetcorn, courgettes, beans, cucumbers and tomatoes, and quick crops such as carrots.
  • Put pumpkins and winter squashes in a sunny place to ripen.
  • Sow winter salads.
  • Lift and store root vegetables before they loose their quality.
  • Leave the roots of pea and bean plants in the soil to increase fertility.
  • Sow main crop or Japanese onions.
  • Trim parsley to encourage fresh shoots.
  • Earth up celery and winter greens.
  • Break up new soil for next years crops.
  • Cover bare ground by sowing green manures.
  • Plant out spring greens sown last month.
  • Stake Brussels sprouts, and sprouting broccoli.
  • Pick beans for drying.
  • Net the cabbage family (brassicas) to keep pigeons off during the winter months.
  • Pick autumn raspberries which should be cropping now. Keep harvesting regularly and freeze any excess fruit.
  • Tidy up the strawberries and plant new strawberry plants.
  • Cut out old fruited raspberry wood. Leave the autumn fruiting canes alone, they will be pruned early next year.
  • Prune peaches after harvesting the fruit.
  • Blackcurrants can also be pruned and cuttings taken.
  • Prune off and burn mildewed tips of gooseberries.
  • When the fruit is ripe, apple pips are black.
  • Clean and tidy the fruit store.
  • Order new trees and bushes.
  • Turn/moisten compost heap/bin. 


  1. Roll on September, nothing to do!

  2. Sorry, it's starting to look busy for September :o)

  3. What are you doing to me? It is getting worse each day!

    I'll not have time to do it all, can you please remove some items to make it achievable?