Dobies September Newsletter

September Newsletter 2016

September is an exciting month for all of us here at Dobies. For it is now that we launch our 2017 Seed Catalogue!

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Every year we think it can’t get better but for 2017 we believe we’ve truly excelled. I don’t want to give away too much but the catalogue includes more than 70 new seed varieties, plus Rob Smith’s new ranges of cut flowers, heritage veg and quality garden tools. Oh and although we call it a seed catalogue we’ve included plants, fruit bulbs and more. If you haven’t received your free copy by Thursday 22nd September, then let us know and we’ll rush one to you.

 

 

 

 

  • Asparagus fronds will turn brown this month so cut them down and then apply a mulch
  • Sow some salad leaves, it’s your last chance this season!
  • Now is the time to start moving houseplants back indoors. They’ll have enjoyed being outdoors during the summer but as the temperature starts to drop they’ll want to be inside.
  • Onion sets, Shallots and Garlic can all be planted from now until mid-November
  • Order and plant spring flowering bulbs. We’ll be despatching from early September onwards.
  • Keep your vegetable patch productive throughout the winter by planting kale, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and of course sprouts. You’ll be wanting the sprouts for Christmas!
  • Continue to harvest tomatoes, chillies, peppers, aubergines and beans. Especially beans – keep picking and they’ll keep producing!
  • To feed and improve your soil, sow green manure on any bare patches of garden, visit our blog for details.

 

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Baked apples, stewed apples, apple sauce, apple snow, apple tart, etc., etc. There are just so many ways in which to enjoy your apple harvest, including of course eating them fresh from the tree!

Apple besties include:

Cheddar cheese
Pork
Potatoes
Fennel
Celeriac
Red cabbage
Walnuts
Herbs including sage and tarragon
Spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger

If you wish to store your apples, then the old method of wrapping them individually in newspaper is still possibly the best. Once wrapped, keep them in a cool dry place until you want to use them. Alternatively, dried apple rings make a great snack, cake or Christmas decoration! And if you don’t already have an apple tree then now is the time to buy one!

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Malvern County Show

If you are looking for a good day out this month you won’t do much better than visiting the Malvern Show. A celebration of the countryside, gardening, food and nostalgia. Visit  http://www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn/  for more info.

Blog Bonanza

If you haven’t already seen August’s blog then now’s the time, simply click on any or all of the following titles.

Recipes for a Cucumber Glut

Growing Wallflowers

Green manures