Jobs around the garden
- Add fallen leaves to the compost heap
- To ensure bigger plants next year, sow hardy annuals now.
- Continue deadheading your perennials and annuals so they continue to flower.
- Trim evergreen hedges.
- Growing pumpkins for Halloween? It will help them ripen if you remove the leaves which are shading the fruits. Raising pumpkins on slate or wood will prevent them rotting if the soil is wet.
- Lawns will benefit from an application of lawn feed. Rake up leaves and other debris and treat any bare patches with Miracle-Gro® Patch Magic.
- Check water butts and down pipes are in full working order ahead of the wetter weather.
- Raise pots off the ground so that excess water drains away, rather than accumulating, freezing and then cracking in cold weather.
Vegetables to grow in September
These can all be sown from seeds, straight into prepared soil:
- Spring Onions
- Spring cabbage
Flowers to grow in September
Spring bedding that can be planted straight outside:
- Pansies & Violas
Bulbs which can be planted now to give your garden a flush of colour next year:
Seeds of the following flowers can be sown outside now:
- Calendula (Marigolds)
- Centaurea (Cornflowers)
- Limnanthes (Poached Egg Plant)
Wildlife Gardening for September
- To avoid disease, bird baths should be kept clean and topped up with fresh water.
- Continue to feed the birds. Some may still have young to feed so avoid large pieces of food which could choke baby birds.
- Leaving some seed heads on plants helps feed birds but also adds winter interest in the garden.
- Cover you pond with netting to stop leaves falling in