In The Fruit Garden This September

Take hardwood cutting of currants, gooseberries and figs to increase your stock.

Pick off rotting fruits from pear, apple and stone fruit trees they will spread disease if left on the tree.

Tidy up your strawberry plants and clear away any used straw, as this will harbour pests and diseases over winter.

Pot up strawberry runners to make extra plants for next year.

Harvest plums. If you have more than you need, freeze them by washing, halving and stoning them, before laying them out on a tray in the freezer. Once frozen, pack them into freezer bags.

Pick blackberries as they ripen and use straight away or freeze some for use later on.

Pick ripe apples.To test when they’re ripe,m gently lift them in the palm of your hand or give them a gentle pull, they should come away easily.

If you haven’t already, cut back the fruited canes of your summer raspberries, leaving the new green canes for next year’s crop. Tie in next year’s raspberry canes to support wires of fencing.

Mow long grass under fruit trees to make it easier to spot windfall fruits.

Top Tip:

Cover wall-trained peach trees to prevent peach leaf curl from taking hold. The fungus needs wet conditions to infect the plants.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs.
  • Pick autumn raspberries.
  • Plant trees and shrub in autumn - will give them the best start to let roots settle in before new spring growth.
  • Keep up with watering of new plants.
  • Net ponds before leaf fall gets underway.