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September Jobs

Garden Maintenance

As Summer crops are now being harvested small gaps will start appearing in your veg patch, which I don’t know about you but I immediately start thinking about how to fill them. Most of you have probably stopped sowing by now but this would be a mistake, many of the seeds you sow now and plant out will provide for you in the coming winter months…it’s not too late!

 

There are many benefits to filling those gaps in the soil. The roots from the plants will stop all the good nutrients you’ve built up in your soil washing away. And not only will you have produce to pick through the lean winter months but it will keep your veg patch looking colourful and productive.

Don't forget now is also a great time to collect seeds from your favourite plants.

 

Flower Power

Just because the temperature is starting to lull, doesn’t mean that the colour in your garden has to fade. Blooms to enjoy this month;

  • Echinacea

  • Ipomoea

  • French Marigolds

  • Nasturtium

  • Viola

  • Scabious

 

Its not too late to be sowing flower seeds undercover, here are some you can try;

  • Ammi

  • Nigella

 

Veg Plot

Keep your veg patch full and productive, your soil and larder will thank you for it! These are just a few veggies you can be sowing and planting out now;

  • Autumn onion sets

  • Christmas potatoes

  • Carrots

  • Chard

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

 

And I’m sure that most of you will still be harvesting some of these delights from your veg patch;

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Salad leaves

  • Sweetcorn

  • Tomatoes

  • Peppers/Chillies

 

Herbs

If you’ve done a good job at raising these herbs from seed, then they should be ready to plant out, whilst the soil is still relatively warm;

  • Mint

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme

 

Pruning 

Now is a good time to prune the following;

  • Cherry

  • Raspberry (summer fruiting)

 

And some fruits you should start to see ripening and ready to harvest are;

  • Fig

  • Grape

  • Peach

 

Nature

If you haven’t already put up your bug hotels, now is a good time since all the good garden guests will be needing a place to rest over the coming Autumn months. Make sure your feeding stations are cleaned and fresh food and clean water provided to help prevent the spread of disease.

 

Also be mindful of leaf litter over ponds, making sure that you remove it so that it doesn’t decompose and cause you even more work later on.