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September In Your Garden

1st of September 2014

Gardeners have been enjoying a good summer this year but it is already time to get things organised for the coming winter and spring.

The flower garden.
There should be a lot of plants in full flower this month, not only bedding plants but perennials such as michaelmas daisies (asters), sedum, rudbeckia, helenium, dahlias, chrysanthemums and roses. Keep up with dead heading, feeding and watering as necessary. This is a good time to plant shrubs, roses, climbers and herbaceous perennials. Also a good time to choose bulbs but it is too early to plant daffodils, tulips and hyacinths in the garden. However, Hyacinths to be grown indoors in bowls should be planted now but use the specially prepared bulbs. Autumn flowering bulbs should be planted as soon as possible. Plant up winter hanging baskets soon, using pansies and violas.

Fruit and vegetables.
Harvest potatoes and rootcrops this month and marrows and courgettes must be cut before the frosts arrive. Hang up the onions to dry off. Plant spring cabbage and put in the early onion sets. Keep sowing herbs and winter salads but protect from frost with garden fleece. Start to harvest apples and pears, blackberries and autumn fruiting raspberries and prune cane fruit after harvesting.

The greenhouse.
Once the crops have been harvested and the greenhouse is empty, get to work cleaning the glass and scrubbing the benches. Use Jeyes fluid as a disinfectant. While empty fumigate the house with a sulphur candle. Check that the heater is working ready for the colder days soon to come. Start to take cuttings of geraniums.

Lawn and garden.
Keep cutting the grass regularly well into the autumn. Later this month rake, scarify and aerate the lawn and apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer to build up the grass ready for the winter. Apply topsoil and seed to any bare patches. New grass areas can be sown now and turf should be available to put down shortly. Clean out the pond and generally tidy up the garden. Trim shrubs and hedges and put the clippings on to the compost heap.

The Chipperfield Autumn Flower Show is on 20 September. Sarratt and Bovingdon have their shows on 6 September. The Malvern Autumn Show is on 27 and 28 September.
Tickets from or phone 01684 584924. Gardens open to view this month include the Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted, on 7 September and Huntsmoor, Bovingdon, on 21 September.
Terry Simmonds

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