What I’m Sowing and Growing in September
I love writing these monthly reviews and plans for the following month, so much seems to happen in such a short time and our diet changes as each month clicks by. The fruit changes the most. July saw us awash with berries, August with tomatoes/peppers and plums and September will see the arrival of the apples and pears.
Although this article is focused on September I also have a summary of everything that I’m sowing for the whole year, if you’re interested please take a look at my month-by-month sowing guide.
August continued the wet, windy and fairly cold weather we ‘enjoyed’ in July, but the polytunnel tomatoes delivered and the low tunnels protected the peppers and gave us a brilliant harvest. We also had an amazing harvest from the Tumbler tomatoes that enjoyed their protected sunny corner, adjacent to a brick wall. The early potatoes were superb, but the main-crops all finished early and the yield is a little below average, at about 2 KG per tuber.
We’ve continued to break last years records for every week of the month and we smashed our previous records for August and the year as a whole. We’ve harvested/made £8,250 worth of fruit & veg/preserves in 2020 and a staggering £1,536 of that was in August and we’ve yet to add the main-crop onions to that tally!
We’ve now decided to give up Jennie’s plot at the end of this year. Jennie and Jon will have less time to manage it and we’ve also got so much better at growing that we just can’t find enough family to gift it to. We are all very upbeat about the decision which I talk about in this video
Before we take a look at our plans for September it’s useful to catch up on the existing state of the plots. You can find the latest tours below. First up is a tour of the kitchen garden:
Then Jennie’s plot in all it’s glory:
Finally I also did a polytunnel and grow room tour. I’ve not yet got around to a tour of my plot:
So finally we get to July’s sowing and growing video! September is such a critical month, even one or two weeks delay can spell disaster, so don’t dally. Also note that I’m starting a lot of my seedlings under grow lights, so you might need to sow a week earlier if you are growing under natural light.
If you’re interested in the databases that I used to manage the allotments I also have a video and associated blog post about them. The blog post has all of the details on how to get your own copy of the database (with or without my data) to customise as you wish.
I also have a fancy new database for tracking all of my seed packets.
Here’s a complete read-only view of the varieties database with all of my data.
Here’s what we sowed in August
Here’s what we plan to sow in September
For completeness here’s a view of my sowing database for last year
Here’s a complete list of the varieties that I’m planning to sow in 2020
Watch out for the next video showing what I’m sowing in October, here’s a hint, quite a lot!