Monty’s month Take hardwood cuttings
September has the calm wisdom of age but it’s still got a spring in its step. If the quantity of light in the days is noticeably decreasing, the quality is never better. Summer slips away somewhere during the middle of the month, but the early days of autumn that follow are benign. Above all, it is the month of harvest. The orchard is dropping early windfalls, and plums and pears ripen. In the greenhouse, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, melons and grapes are ripening by the hour. The vegetable garden is bounteous. Herbs are filled with sun-baked intensity. But there is another September harvest that is often overlooked and that is seeds. Now is the best time to collect seeds not just for resowing but also for eating. A particular favourite of mine is fennel seeds, which make any pork dish glorious and they are also a superb aid to digestion. Throughout the month, I gather them by the handful to munch straight from the plant.
Collect fennel seeds to resow for new plants
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