GARDENING TIPS FOR SEPTEMBER

September 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

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If you are anything like me and you haven’t been tending your allotment plot as regularly as you should have been this summer, then now’s the time to make a fresh start and get on with the following: 

(1)  Bulk up the compost bins with spent flowerheads and stems.
(2)  Collect, wash and store away canes and plant supports.
(3)  Save some seeds from any varieties of beans, herbs and tomatoes that you’ve enjoyed this year.
(4)  Pot up herbs to use in winter.
(5)  Start garlic cloves off in pots to transplant later in March, or you can sow them directly into the ground providing they are covered with cloches or fleece.   You can use shop-bought garlic, but you may find it less successful than garlic bulbs bought from seed merchants.
(6)  Vegetables to sow now include spring cabbages, Japanese onions, turnips, winter lettuces, spinach, endive, broad beans and hardy peas and baby salad leaves.

 HOW TO GROW GARLIC

Break garlic bulbs into individual cloves ready for planting. Take care not to damage the cloves as this can lead to rotting.  Plant the cloves in prepared soil spacing them 10cm apart. Simply push the cloves into the soil so that the tip of each one is just below the surface. Cover them with cloches in frosty weather.

Garlic plants grown in pots will be ready to plant out in March or April. Use a trowel to make a hole and set the plants at the same level as they were growing in the pots.

HOW TO COLLECT AND SAVE SEEDS

Saving seed from your garden plants is easy to do.  Wait for seeds to ripen fully on the plant before cutting off.  Have a paper bag to hand as seeds will quickly fall and be lost.  Gently tip the bag out onto a sheet of paper, making sure you remove all the seeds. Pick out any bugs or pieces of debris.  Funnel the seeds into paper envelopes, not plastic bags. Write full details of the plant including the date on the envelope.

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