September sees our gardening tasks shift away a little from planting, to focus more on harvesting and garden maintenance. This month brings us an abundance of fruit and vegetables, and nothing beats fresh, home-grown ingredients straight from the garden!
Our favourite tips when harvesting during September is freezing for freshness and fermenting your fruit and veggies. Many home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs have a very limited life span once picked, if you find yourself in the situation where you have too many crops or are getting a little tired of having the same thing, try prepping and freezing your fruit and veggies to enjoy in a fresh pie or a warm winter soup at a later date. You can do this with apples, courgettes, carrots and even raspberries - the list is endless!
Why not give fermenting a go too? A traditional process commonly used to preserve foods, you can increase shelf life of your fruit and veggies and improve the flavour of the home-grown foods. Plus did you know, fermented fruits can provide some health benefits, including anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties?