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Milder autumns mean that as a gardener you can get much more colour and enjoyment out of September than was once the case.


Depending on the size of your garden it can be possible to create a great impact with alate flowering planting scheme.  

GENERAL

  1. Keep on top of regular maintenance.

  2. Start composting in earnest.


VEGETABLES

  1. Lift and store root vegetables.

  2. Leave the roots of pea and bean plants in the soil to increase fertility.

  3. Sow main crop onions.

  4. Cut down asparagus foliage

  5. Earth up celery and winter greens.

  6. Pot up some mint and grow it indoors for winter use

  7. Sow basil, coriander and parsley indoors.


FRUIT

  1. Pick fruit as it ripens (see left).

  2. Prune cane fruits

  3. Prune peaches after harvesting the fruit.

  4. Blackcurrants can also be pruned and cuttings taken.

  5. Prune off and burn mildewed tips of gooseberries.

  6. When the fruit is ripe, apple pips are black.

  7. Clean and tidy the fruit store.

  8. Order new trees and bushes.


GREENHOUSE

  1. Reduce watering and feeding

  2. Remove the shading that saved the plants in the height of the summer

  3. Bring in delicate plants for the winter.

  4. Cutting back on feed and watering and reducing ventilation will trick your tomatoes into one last heroic effort to produce more fruit.


FLOWERS

  1. Plant spring bulbs.

  2. Lift summer bedding for over wintering.

  3. Sow sweet peas and hardy annuals in pots.

  4. Start seed collecting making sure seed is ripe. Store in a cool dry place in paper bags

  5. Clear away withered annuals.

  6. Plant biennials and winter and spring bedding

  7. Divide saxifrage, sweet Williams and flag irises.

  8. Lift and store dahlias and gladioli.

  9. Plant Christmas roses in a cool deep soil.


SHRUBS

  1. Plant conifers and evergreens.

  2. Trim ramblers and hedges.

  3. Shrubs can be moved at this stage if you take a large root ball.

  4. Hardwood cuttings of hardy shrubs can be taken.


LAWN

  1. Mow

  2. Rake out moss and weeds

  3. Spike the lawn

  4. Apply feed and top dressing

  5. Repair broken lawn edges

  6. Repair any bald patches

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  SEPTEMBER

Get the fruit while it’s at its best - straight from the tree. Even a few days in a fruit bowl will take the epicurean edge off an apple - try a blind taste test for yourself. Don’t bother storing them eat them, cook with them; give them away or leave bruised windfalls for the birds

SEPTEMBER - TIP OF THE MONTH