Your vegetable garden in September

Your vegetable garden in September

By Lidia Boque Gousgouni
24 Aug 2017
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In a few days it’ll be September – the cold weather will finally clear and maybe the frosts are over for the year, fingers crossed.

The vegetable garden can now do what it does best – produce masses of food for you, your family and your neighbours.  Beans can go in now, dwarf beans, climbing beans, runner beans – any sort is fine.  Direct sow beans when the danger of frost is over, or pop them in the ground and cover for a week or two after they germinate.  Sow the seed about 2 centimeters deep and space them about 15 centimeters apart.  Have some sort of support for the beans to climb, this will make them more productive.  Make sure beans are picked regularly to encourage the plants to keep producing.  Continuous picking is important, maybe plant a few crops of beans a fortnight apart to extend your cropping.

A healthy rhubarb plant in a bed with rich soil and good drainage.

Another favourite to plant now is beetroot.  This plant is easy to grow and is also best sown directly into the garden.  Soak the seeds for a day before planting, this makes the seeds easier to separate.  Space the seeds, I like to plant mine about 5 - 10 centimeters apart, any more than this is a waste of space – and even if they end up too close it’s easy to thin them out.  Make sure you keep your beetroot well watered so they don’t develop a woody core.  Harvesting should be carried out when the beetroot are at, or just past golf ball size.  If you keep the beetroots bulb completely covered with soil you will get a better end result.

Another valuable addition to any garden is rhubarb.  Good old-fashioned rhubarb that you stew and serve with custard.  Rhubarb crowns can be planted now, plant in compost-enriched soil but ensure the drainage is good.  Rhubarb will benefit from a bit of sun protection during the summer and remember to remove flower stems as they appear, this will keep the plant producing edible stems.

There are quite a number of seeds that can sown now, basil, capsicum, cucumber, tomato, zucchini to name a few.  All of these can be sown in September but it’s important to keep the seedlings protected until the threat of frost is completely gone.

A vegetable garden evolves dramatically as the seasons change, pop into your local nursery and look for something new and innovative to ensure your garden is up-to-date.

 

Diary

Save the date everyone - The South & West Regional Orchid Show will be held in Albury this year. The dates are Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October.  More information will be provided closer to the date.