It’s September, that transitional month between summer and autumn. Some days it’s back out with dresses and others it’s better suited to woolens and a raincoat. Up here on our farm in Northern Ireland I feel the landscape has gently moved into autumn. The blackberries (arriving later than warmer parts of Ireland and the UK) have been a joy this month, and together with a group of foragers we made some delicious apple and blackberry jelly which I’ve used as a companion in many scones so far and even a bramble victoria sponge.

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The gardening has begun to slow down and instead of a constant stream of sowing seeds we’ve been harvesting the fruits of all that hard work in Spring. Squash, pumpkins (I planted a bluey green variety called Invincible which has done beautifully) and of course those tomatoes! There’s plenty to pickle, ferment and store.

 

I try not to get too personal on these podcasts but I do feel like September has been an odd month for me. My little 19month old boy finally got his hip spica cast off after 3 grueling months where we both felt a little bit like prisoners in the house. It’s a huge cast, heavy and it really does make going out and about near impossible. So this month has been a combination of waiting and then re-education as suddenly baby Roo is learning all about his legs again. I cant wait until he can crawl! So it’s been a transitional month personally too for us both!

 

Anyway back to beautiful nature and what we can expect to see unfold before our eyes as we trundle towards a new season.

 

GROW-What to do in the Garden in September

 

Order in bare-root trees

Cut back lavender

Scarify the lawn

Plant fruit trees

Grow a tree from seed.

Plant shallots and hardy onion sets outside for overwintering

Semi-ripe cuttings

Harvest fruit

Make leaf mould

Save seeds

Bring tender plants indoors

Storing and using the harvest

Dry flowers

Prepare beds for next spring

Houseplants

Transplant spring cabbage outside harvest A-May.

Sow broad beans, carrots and peas to overwinter

Plant rhubarb plants

 

 

 

 

EAT-What’s in season in September

 

Onions (harvesting and storing in September)

Brussels

Broccoli

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Kale

French beans

Runner beans

Jer. Artichokes

Squash

Courgette

Pumpkin

Sweetcorn

Peppers

Tomatoes

Chard

Radish

Cucumber

Chicory

Spinach

Swedes

Turnips

Potaoes

Parsnips

Celeriac

Carrots

Beetroot

 

Wild Food/herbs in Season
sea buckthorn

Elderberry

Dandelion root

Dock root

Rose hips

Hazel nuts

Silver weed roots

Blackberry

Plantain leaves and seeds

Nettle roots

Haws of hawthorn & geulder rose

Cramp bark

Mushrooms

 

SEE- What to see in nature in September

The changing leaves and seeds on trees

As hedgehogs start to think about hibernation they are hungry. Leave out some food for them and fingers crossed you’ll see one!

 

DO- Slow Living Ideas for September

 

Force Hyacinths for indoor flowers (post coming soon)

Make a get well tonic for back to school colds (this book has great ideas)

Make jam

Go blackberry picking

Order in some new books for the cosy longer evenings

Make the most of the gluts and pick up cheaper, ripe produce and try your hand at preserving.

Pick seed heads to decorate your vases. Honesty have the most incredible seed pods that look stunning indoors.

Go on a mushroom walk with an expert and try some puffball fried in garlic and butter-yum!!

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