Gardening

The tasks of the organic garden in September

In September we continue to have days of high temperatures along with others with lower temperatures and even heavy rains at times. To this we must add that the days are getting shorter (less light for the plants = slower development) and the temperatures are going down as we get closer to autumn.

As we prepare for the garden routines that fall and winter will bring us, we continue to harvest chard, celery, aubergines, watercress, zucchini, onions, cabbages, beans, melons, cucumbers, peppers, leeks, radishes, beets, watermelons, tomatoes and carrots. You can see the cultivation cards and more cultivation and planting manuals.

In addition, to continue harvesting in the coming seasons, we are going to seed: chard, celery, borage, broccoli, cabbage, parsnips, endives, asparagus, broad beans, fennel, green beans, lettuce, leeks; and direct sowing of: carrots, turnips, radishes, spinach and peas, we are also going to transplant the lamb’s lettuce, onions, cabbages, cauliflowers, lettuces, endives and the leeks that we have in the fields. Here are some tips for transplants

It is important that you take into account the rotations (there are 4 groups to rotate: leafy, legume, fruit and root vegetables) and associations of crops with aromatic and medicinal (for example, planting cabbages with Peppermint> Peppermint repels ants , aphids , fleas, cabbage white butterfly and even rodents) and among the different botanical families . It is also interesting that you intersperse short-cycle vegetables with other long-cycle ones, this will allow you to make better use of the space and at the same time you will be able to harvest in a staggered way.

Nourishing the soil

The beginning of autumn is an excellent time to provide nutrients to the soil, since, for many crops their productive stage ends and the soil has been impoverished, we must pay especially in areas where we have crops of celery, cabbages, potatoes, tomatoes, aubergine, beets, leek, corn, melon, watermelon and all cabbages, as they have high nutrient requirements. The contribution of nutrients we are going to do with compost , green manures , worm humus , slurry , we must also check the state of the mulch . It is also essential to plant legumes so that they provide good amounts of nitrogen to the soil, especially in areas where we have had demanding crops.

We will be aware of the rains, because excess water could cause suffocation and rotting of the roots, so we will adjust the waterings based on the time we have. We must not forget that humidity also contributes to the appearance of fungi, so we must pay attention and check the crops to detect them in the early stages and avoid greater evils. A good way to prevent fungi from proliferating is by pruning branches and leaves. The ponytail is very beneficial for preventing and treating fungal pests, but there are many other preparations you can do with other plants in addition to cases of fungal pests in the garden .

And remember that with the surplus you have from the harvests you can make homemade jams and preserves to be able to taste them throughout the year.

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