Monty’s month Take hard­wood cut­tings

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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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