SEPTEMBER VEG PLOT QUICK TIPS
Keep picking runner beans when young so they stay tender. When beans have finished, cut the plants away but leave the roots in the soil – they’ll ‘fix’ nitrogen by releasing it into the soil as the roots decompose.
Cut excess foliage from cordon tomato plants to allow the sun to ripen remaining trusses of fruit. Compost leaves that have been snipped from plants.
As pumpkins swell, cut off leaves that cast shadow on fruits to help them ripen.
Choose a dry day to lift maincrop potatoes. Let spuds rest on the soil surface for at least several hours to allow them to dry.
Examine sweetcorn to see if crops are ready to harvest: pinch a kernel and it will release a milky sap if ripe (watery sap means it’s not ready for picking).
Sow winter salad mixes and varieties of broad beans that are popular for autumn sowing, such as ‘Aquadulce Claudia’.
Plant overwintering onion sets and garlic bulbs.