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Your Garden In September

1st of September 2012

It has been an awful year for gardens and gardeners… too much rain, too many weeds,
pests and diseases, too many slugs and snails…! So, it is now time to get ready for the coming year which, let us hope, will be a good deal better.

The Flower Garden.
There is a huge selection of bulbs on sale now and now is the best time to buy them. Plant hyacinths in bowls as soon as possible but it is rather early to plant tulips and daffodils. Pansies and violas can be planted as soon as beds are cleared of the summer bedding. Lift and take inside tender perennials if a frost is forecast. Canterbury bells and wallflowers will soon be ready. Deadhead perennials and cut down plants as they go over and keep up with spraying roses. This month is a good time to plant shrubs, climbing plants and hardy herbaceous perennials.

Vegetables and fruit.
Harvest the root crops and potatoes, and cut marrows and courgettes if frost is forecast. Plant cabbage, savoys and leeks and early onion sets and garlic. Water tomatoes regularly and runner beans, too. Cut down old raspberry canes and tie-in new canes. Cabbage white butterflies can still be active so look out for their caterpillars. Apply greasebands to the trunk of fruit trees. As soon as the crops finish in the greenhouse, wash down the glass, fumigate with a sulphur candle, and fix up bubble plastic insulation.

The lawn.
Keep up mowing regularly with the mower blade set high. Spot weed with something like Verdone. Rake out any dead matter. After such a wet summer the grass will need to be built up for the coming winter by applying a low nitrogen autumn turf fertilizer during the next two months. Put down new areas of grass now using either grass seed or turf.

Flower shows.
The Autumn show in Chipperfield is on 15 September and Bovingdon and Sarratt have their shows on 8 September. The Malvern Autumn Show is on 29 and 30 September and the R.H.S. Wisley Show is from 6-9 September.
Terry Simmonds

 
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