1. It is time to lift the main carrot crop before the cold weather sets in. Cut off the leaves and store in sand or dry soil in a shed Keep the carrots well spaced.
2. Plant out pot grown rooted strawberry runners.
3. Rake out dead grass from your lawn with a spring-tine rake and aerate the lawn.
4. If you have grown more marrows than you can eat, then pick the best ones and gently cradle them in cloth and hang in a dry place where the temperature will not fall below 45 degrees F. They should keep you going until February.
5. Lift and dry onions and hang in nets in a cool, dry place.
6. Lift your celeriac when the bulbous stems are blanched. Remove leaves and store in the same way as for carrots.
7. September is the best month for sowing grass seed and repairing dead turf.
8. In order to have a continuous supply of vegetables and salads during autumn and winter, I think the large cloches are ideal. I have ones with four panes of glass with wire supports which are ideal for growing winter radish, lettuce and parsley.
9. Root cuttings of anchusa can be taken now.
10. Clear asparagus beds when the leaves turn yellow. Cut the stems to within a few inches of the ground.
11. If you’re left with any unripened tomatoes, pick them and wrap them in brown packing paper and they’ll soon turn their colour, or alternatively green tomatoes can be pickled or used to make chutney.
12. If you’d like to collect seeds from ripened tomatoes for next season, cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the pulp and seeds in to an earthenware bowl and leave for two days. After two days wash and strain through a sieve and clear the pulp way. Spread the seeds out onto a sheet of glass and leave to dry. Once dry, store in paper bags. A dry cupboard is the best place to store seeds.
13. Your maincrops of potato can all be harvested this month, as well as cauliflowers, leeks, broccoli, turnips, celery and beetroot.
14. When gladiolus leaves turn colour, lift and bring them under cover for a week, then remove the soil, cut off the stems about a half inch above the corms. Take off the old corm below the new and save the small offset corms to plant in boxes of peat in spring. Store in paper bags in a cool, frost proof place with a little dry sand over them and keep until planting time.
15. Clear away tired annuals.
16. Take cuttings of roses.
17. Transplant seedling wallflowers.
18. Order fruit trees and bushes.
19. Prune blackcurrant, raspberry, peach and nectarines.
20. Plant violets in a frame.
-- Rob Amey
This month I've been asked lots of, "What next?" questions and it's true, there are always plenty of jobs to be done with a vegetable garden. For example there is still time to be sowing quick cropping veg into those gaps created by harvesting other plants.
But one really important thing not to forget is to enjoy the fruits of your labour! At this time of year you'll be finding you have so much lovely produce to choose from in your garden, it's all too easy to be too busy to really take the time to appreciate it all.
So my advice is to get out there regularly with whatever you collect your fruit and veg in and really enjoy the picking of those strawberries, the digging up of those potatoes - like finding treasure I always think, the pulling of those carrots, the snipping of those lettuce leaves. Growing Your Own really is wonderful!