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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

September Gardening Tips


September is the ideal time for planting spring bulbs, see our post from last week, Daffodils are best planted by mid September (i.e. about now) as well as fritillaries, crocuses and grape hyacinths, tulips can be left until November.

If you haven't already done so then now is a good time to start your compost going by buying a compost bin or building a partially enclosed and easily accessible area for a heap. It is essential to replace the goodness in soil that your garden has used up during the year and autumn produces quantities of garden waste that will add invaluable organic richness back into your soil next spring.

Keep picking runner beans, French beans, courgettes and cucumbers regularly to prolong the harvest period up to the first frosts

Earth up trench grown celery for the final time, leaving just the foliage poking out of the trench. Harvest the last of the self-blanching celery before the frosts begin. Earth up celeriac ‘bulbs’, to protect against early frosts, and leeks to increase the length of blanched stem if you like a longer white part to your leeks.. Use dry, crumbly soil when earthing up.

If your soil is heavy clay, start digging it over now whilst it is still relatively dry. Add plenty of organic matter to improve the quality and pea shingle to improve the drainage. It can be left in a pretty rough state over the winter when the cold will break the lumps down, making spring planting infinitely easier!

Plant new perennials and bring tender perennials into shelter While the soil is moist and warm, plant hardy perennials so their roots have a chance to become established before winter. Water well before and after planting and ensure you choose plants that are appropriate for your soil type! Lift and bring tender perennials inside before frosts cause any damage.

September and Autumn is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, grass seed and lay new grass. Plants that are planted in the fall enjoy cooler temperatures and ideal growing conditions that allow roots ample time to grow into the surrounding soil. Use starter plant fertilizer mix when planting.

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