Greenbelt

’Tis the season . . . almost!

We’re not quite there yet but in the words of the wonderful poet Keats we’re moving ever closer to ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.

Yes, August is the time of year to begin thinking about harvesting your fruit and veg – and to start preparing for next year’s bumper crop!

 

Tomatoes

In August you can continue to feed your tomato plants with a good fertiliser. It’s time, too, to trim the leaves from the stem to allow the light and sunshine to ripen any remaining fruits. Salad days indeed!

 

Herbs

If you cut back your herbs now this will help to encourage a brand new flush of leaves – all the better for harvesting before the first of the winter frost.

 

Onions

August is a good time for lifting and drying onions, shallots and garlic – just be sure to check the foliage has gone floppy and begun to take a yellow tinge.

It’s also time to sow overwintering onions so they’ll be ready for harvesting early next summer.

Explore your garden and choose a well-drained spot in neutral soil for your little treasures.

 

Soft fruits

Let’s have jam today and tomorrow!

Cut old fruited raspberry canes down to one inch above ground level and tie in all of the new unfruited canes.

It’s time, too, to prune your redcurrants and blackcurrants.

If you’ve been very busy this year, it’s also the season to harvest loganberries and blackberries.