Take stock of your season – count your successes and think about your failures. Now there is time to read, ask, search the internet and see if you can do better next season. Check tools, check sheds and greenhouses for necessary repairs and do them.
Pick crops that you have still in the ground – sprouts and brassicas for instance. Check your stores of things like potatoes to ensure that you aren’t providing a home for slugs. Take hardwood cuttings of soft fruit such as gooseberries and currants. Spend time with seed catalogues and decide what you want to order for the next growing season.
It’s also wise do regular walk rounds of your allotment to see that nothing has been damaged and that you haven’t had unwanted visitors (rats, mice, vandals) and that the weather hasn’t damaged anything.
Dig, dig and dig this is the priority job of the month the more that you can get done before the end of the year the better. This allows pests to be cleared by either the weather or the birds. Clear out remains of summer crops, pick winter crops such as brussels sprouts.
Now of course is the time to turn out your compost bins and add the best rotted “stuff” to the soil as you dig so that you can make room for more items to compost in the future for this time next year.
The National Allotment Society has plenty of jobs that need doing on its list for November as this link shows.
There are things that can still be planted in November ready for next year – as advised here. You can also look at the pruning of established fruit trees if you have them later in the month or planting of new fruit bushes to allow them to get their roots down over the winter.
The nights are drawing in and the weather is turning chilly. But there is still plenty that can be done on your allotment to finish your harvesting, tidy up, repair and paint the shed and start the preparations for next year with the winter digging as well as cleaning up the greenhouse.
Much good advice is found at the National Allotment Society website.
There’s a wider selection of advice from the Grow Your Own website which mentions things that can still be planted out in October.
Just remember that the clocks go back at the end of the month so all the hours of daylight are valuable at this time of the year.
September is the time to harvest fruit such as apples, pears and plums, autumn raspberries and strawberries.
It is also an excellent time to consider what has done well for you over the past season and what has done badly. This allows you to consider your growing plans for next year with the knowledge gained.
As you harvest crops, keep an eye open for material to compost and give the compost heaps a good working over, turning and topping up.
Lots of good advice can be found here and also here – but also remember that care of the poly tunnel continues too for those of you who have invested in one.