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September was the traditional start of the harvest and is sometimes called “the season of mellow fruitfulness”.

Jobs around the Garden…

  • Divide herbaceous perennials as this will ensure healthy plants
  • You can collect and sow seeds from any perennials and hardy annuals you have in preparation for next year
  • Harvest autumn fruits, such as raspberries, regularly
  • Continue to water, especially any new plants, using rain or grey water
  • Clean out your greenhouse/cold frames

Flowers to sow…

Seeds that can be sown outside now:

  • Calendula (Marigolds)
  • Centaurea (Cornflowers)
  • Limnanthes (Poached Egg Plant)
  • Poppies
  • Scabiosa

Bedding that can be planted straight outside:

  • Forget-me-nots
  • Pansies & Violas
  • Wallflowers

Bulbs to be planted for next year:

  • Alliums
  • Anemone
  • Bluebells
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Irises
  • Snowdrops

Vegetables to grow…

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Spring Onions
  • Spring cabbage

Wildlife Gardening for September

  • Continue to keep your bird baths clean and topped up
  • Keep topping up any bird feeders you have, but try to avoid large pieces of food as there may still be some young birds
  • Leave some seed heads on plants as this helps feed birds and can also add some interest in the garden
  • Cover you pond with netting to stop leaves falling in

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