September: Miles Ferrante

September 2017 growing guide
What an indifferent year we’ve had at St Mary’s this year, it’s been difficult to plan anything because of the rapid changes in weather and the hungry deer! But all came good in the end as it always does. Time though to start planning for next year, I will make sure for 2018 that I include a plan B and C just in case of floods, deer, and bad weather.

Sow:

  • Winter Spinach
  • Winter Lettuce (valdor, winter density, all year round)
  • Winter Spring Onions
  • Winter Radish (black Spanish round)
  • Spring Cabbage
  • Chard

Jobs to do:

  • Keep picking Courgettes and Cucumbers or they will stop producing fruit.
  • Test Sweetcorn for ripeness when the tassels have turned chocolate brown. then squeeze a grain with fingernails, if a watery liquid squirts out it’s not ready, if its milky in colour, it is.
  • Pick non-hardy varieties of Leeks before frosts kill them.
  • Pick Apples when they come off in your hand without using any force.
  • Pick Blackberries.
  • Prune summer Raspberries, if you unsure which is which, cut out brown shoots and leave green ones.
  • Prune Loganberries.
  • Cut off dead Strawberry leaves.
  • Take cuttings of Blackberries.
  • Leave Carrots and Beetroot in the ground until ready to use as they store better in ground than in fridge.
  • Keep earthing up Leeks, this will blanch the stems so they taste better.
  • Weed Asparagus bed.
  • Plant Strawberries.
  • Pick off and burn any mildew affected leaves.
  • Put up grease bands on fruit trees.
  • It was 7.5c at night in my greenhouse with the door shut in the last week of august, so close door at night.

Taken from “Your garden week by week” AGL Hellyar

Start planning for next year:

  • Shop – if you need compost to sow early onions and tomatoes we can open the shop on request, please ask Jim or Miles.
  • If you would like somebody to buy you an allotment voucher for Christmas to spend in the allotment shop we can look at this. It could go towards compost, seeds, netting etc.

Seed list (Kings seed catalogues NOW available, here are a few of my favourites)

  • Cabbage Candissa (small and sweet cabbage, fits perfectly under a tunnel cloche so no need to build complicated nets.
  • Beetroot Bolthardy
  • Perpetual spinach
  • Carrot Purple Sun
  • Brussel Sprouts Maximus
  • Courgettes Defender
  • Cucumber Burpless Tasty
  • Leeks Mussleborough
  • Spring Onion White Lisbon
  • Sweetcorn Swift
  • Tomato Mountain Magic (blight resistant, my outdoor toms succumbed to blight, but these are still standing!)
  • Tomato Rosella
  • Tomato Sungold
  • Tomato Red Alert (outside)
  • Broad beans, Runner beans, Onions, Potatoes – all from shop, fantastic quality and prices.

Finally, a quote from the famous artist Claude Monet who said,

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”