SEPTEMBER IN AN ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN
The Organic Vegetable Garden -September is all about harvest it seems and that true. But you can still grow plenty at this time of year. In our garden, we are still harvesting Cabbages, Cauliflowers, Tomatoes and Beans and Potatoes. Lettuce and Kale are doing so well and I even have a Pink flowered strawberry that is producing its strawberries now!! There are plenty of Jobs in the organic vegetable Garden during September to keep a Gardener busy. And I have a free printable Job Guide and a Quick grow Winter Lettuce Guide to keep you stocked in Lettuce leaves over winter.
Jobs in the Organic Vegetable Garden-September
- Keep harvesting Summer crops.
- If you have a glut of fruit and veg try freezing, drying, pickling, and storing so that you can benefit from them later. Take a look at my recipes page for ideas on what to make with your produce!
- Spread newly dug potatoes out to dry for a few hours before storing them in in a cool dark place. Store them in paper or hessian sacks as this will allow the crop to breathe while it is in storage. Only store undamaged, disease free tubers – one rotten potato can ruin your whole crop!
- Help your pumpkins ripen in time for Halloween by removing any leaves shadowing the fruits.
- You can place pumpkins and squashes on a piece of slate or wood to raise them off the wet soil and prevent rotting.
- Keep feeding and watering French and runner beans to make the most of them. Continue harvesting little and often to prevent them setting seed.
- Start the autumn cleanup. Remove any old crops that have finished and clear away weeds to leave your plot clean and tidy for the winter.
- The compost bin loves this time of year – make sure though you don’t add diseased plants.
- Plant winter seedlings after giving the bed a feed of organic fertilizer.
- When beans and peas finish cropping simply cut the plant away at ground level, leaving the roots in the soil. These crops fix nitrogen which is slowly released into the soil as the roots break down.
GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLE Jobs in the Organic Vegetable Garden for September sheet below and I help quick guide for growing winter lettuces. Click the Image below for your Freebies!!
SEPTEMBER IN OUR ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN
September started with the sun, it has been the oddest weather here. My poor garden took a bit of a battering but the weather at the end of August but it was so mild that things were still producing long after I thought they would be finished.
We are still growing and things. New plants in the garden for Autumn are
- Spring Cabbages ( for next year)
- Winter Salads
- Pak Choi
- Winter Cauliflowers
- Onion sets for next spring
Also, the crab apple tree out the front was ready for picking.They look so tasty although they would give you a nasty stomach ache if you ate them raw, crab apple jelly is the only way to go.
Crab Apple Jelly
If you’re lucky enough to have a crab apple tree in your garden then this is the best way to use up a glut of the sharp tasting fruit – turning them into a delicious sweet jelly
- 2 kg crab apples
- 500 g caster sugar
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1.5 litres water
- 1 tsp Cinnamon ( optional )
- Makes 6 x 500ml jars
The How to Bit
- Cut the apples into chunks without peeling or coring and place in a preserving pan with the lemon, cinnamon, and water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 1 hr until the apples are very soft and pulpy, stirring occasionally.
- Cool for 10 mins then spoon the fruit pulp and liquid into a jelly bag and leave to strain into a large bowl for at least 12 hrs or overnight.
- Discard the pulp remaining in the jelly bag. Measure the strained juice and pour it into a large pan (or the clean preserving pan) with 450g of sugar for each 600ml of juice.
- Heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 15-20 mins. Remove the pan from the heat and test for setting point by spooning a little of the hot jelly onto a chilled saucer. Leave for 2-3 mins then push your finger through the jelly – if it wrinkles it is ready. If the jelly is still runny, boil for a further few mins then test again.
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