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Rooko's September Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1. Getting ready for the Winter, early and late Spring offerings, try sowing some of the following now and in the coming couple of months. 1. Broad beans 2. Peas (they may need protection in colder areas) 3. Garlic. 4. Onions, Spring onions and Shallots 5. Winter lettuce 6. Spinach 7. Spring cabbages.

2. Do not prune Plum trees when they are dormant over the Winter months, this can give them Silver leaf disease, which can kill them.

3. September is the time to plant many Spring flowering bulbs.

4. Money saving tip. If you have any lengths of rainwater downpipes spare (not the metal ones), cut them into pieces, (a junior hacksaw or similar makes an easy cut), approximately 3 inches (8cm) long, for use as plant collars, they are durable and long lasting.

5. I thought this link may be useful to my viewers from the U.S.A. GLENS GARDEN.

6. Cut back your tall perennials once they have stopped flowering.

7. Tidy up the Strawberry bed, removing decaying foliage. Stake down runners into pots or into the ground. Remove any unwanted runners.

8. Collect any ripened seeds that you want to save for future use.

9. Start to pot up any herbs which need to be brought indoors over the Winter months.

1. Winter hardy lettuce can be sown in September as well as hardy Spring Onions.
2. Spring Cabbages can be planted out now.
3. Parsnips will taste better if left in the ground until after a frost.
1. Prune Summer fruiting Raspberries.
2.  Runners from Strawberries can be planted now.
3. Add manure, lime or green manures to your soil, depending on each beds condition and your crop rotation.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Miss Lady Bug. I hope at least some of the tips are useful and useable.

  2. We can't get spring onions to grow at any time! We're now waiting for onions sets and garlic to come in to the garden centres.

    1. I'm surprised to hear you have problems trying to grow Spring onions. I make sure my seeds are sown into fine as possible soil, no compost, manure, mulch anywhere near them. I've just sown my Japanese onions this week. If they are as good as last years sowing I will dispense with sets altogether later next year.

    2. Quite a lot of other gardeners tell me that they have the same problem. We've even tried just covering with vermiculite

  3. Thank you for these tips. What a lovely greeting below your Comment box. Marion x

    1. You are welcome Marion. I hope you find at least some of the tips come in handy. I'm glad you appreciated the greeting. My allotments give me lots of peace and tranquility which I always welcome.


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