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Thursday 12 September 2013

The Vegetable Plot – September

You can move spring cabbage sown in Mid-July to the plot where they will mature, ideally where you have just lifted onions or potatoes. Plan your next crop of onions by planting autumn onion sets between now and early November. They will benefit from application of fertilizer, about half you would use in summer. There is still time to plant rooted strawberry runners where they are to fruit.

You’ll want to store vegetables and of course freezing many is the ideal way. Peas, all types of beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflowers split into small sections, broccoli (calabrese) and sweet corn all freeze well. Bag potatoes in hessian or thick paper sacks, never in plastic bags, and store in a dark, frost-proof place. Store carrots and parsnips in the same way. Store onions in boxes in a dry, cool, frost-free place or plait them together with raffia and hang them in a shed or garage.

  • Lift maincrop beetroot, carrots and potatoes for storing
  • Thin out vegetable seedlings, spinach beet, winter spinach, lettuce, endive
  • Pick all tomatoes and use any totally green ones to make into chutney
  • Finish ripening tomatoes on a sunny windowsill
  • Sow French beans for forcing in a heated greenhouse
  • Transplant parsley to a frame or greenhouse
  • Stand marrows, pumpkins and squashes in sunshine to harden 
  • Pick and store apples and pears

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