My perfect Sunday is one where I’ve visited the allotment.
In fact my perfect day usually has time at the allotment tending to the fruit and veggie patch, even if it’s for a quick weeding and watering session.
I’ve been screaming at you for a while now to contact your local council /authority about getting a plot of your own.
Sometimes there are waiting list so put your name down as soon as you can – kudos to you if you’ve managed to get your own patch of ground.
The number one reason I own and tend to an allotment is to develop and nurture positive mental health.
What to do in September on the allotment
It’s all about preparation.
The last of the harvesting will be occurring right about now and there will be a lot less planting to do.
Typically in September I only plant green manure when ground becomes vacant.
What is green manure?
Green manure can be bought from your local garden centre and is a mix of different seeds (or a single seed like mustard) that you sow in Autumn.
I leave mine in over the Winter and trim it down in Spring then rotavate the cuttings and roots into the soil about three weeks before I plant my first batch of seeds for the new session.
Using green green manure over the winter does a couple of things:
- It holds nutrients in the soil that would otherwise be washed away in the cold and rainy month of the year
- It provides more nutrients when it’s combined with the soil in spring
- It keeps the weeds from establishing a heavy presence on your plot
Using green manure really is the simplest way to prepare your ground for the following year.
Other helpful Autumn jobs
Now is the time to trim back any fruit and get rid of dead stalks on raspberries.
It’s also the time to replant and I’ve managed to secure some more raspberries from a neighbour’s plot when they were getting rid of their plants.
In exchange I gave some rhubarb plants which were themselves a donation from a neighbouring plot.
I spotted a bargain in my local Dobbies and ended up buying and planting white and pink lilies which are amazing.
I’m also collecting as many compost bins as possible right now ready for organic material, old newspapers and cardboard to be thrown in over the following season,
This will help improve the soil next year tremendously and ensure that anything planted will have the best chance of yielding some great fruit and veggies.