September Garden – Sowing & Planting!
The days are shortening, the light levels are fading and the sun is lower in the sky. But, despite the prospect of winter around the corner, September is a great time to reap the rewards of your vegetable plot. Keep spring in mind by planting spring-flowering bulbs and enjoy the garden before summer is really gone for another year.
Sowing and planting
If the weather has really cooled down you can now plant and move shrubs and trees without having to worry about their survival and establishment – they’ll have all winter to settle into their new homes and will get off to a flying start next spring.
September is a good time of year to plant new perennials when the soil is warm, but moisture levels are increasing. Once your summer bedding plants are past their best, make the most of your pots and re-plant them with winter/spring flowering bedding plants.
Buy spring flowering bulbs for next year but make sure the bulbs are firm and a good size with no signs of rotting or damage. Plant them as soon as you can to help them develop good roots and, to improve drainage add some coarse grit to the soil before planting. Choose a sunny site and plant bulbs at two to three times their own depth pointing upwards.
Divide clumps of herbs such as chives, marjoram, and mint and replant to help rejuvenate the plants.
Pick Blackberries and Raspberries when the fruit is ripe and juicy. Cut Raspberry canes down to the ground once they have fruited.
Harvest all Potatoes by the end of September to ensure the slugs don’t eat them before you do. Lift them carefully with a fork and store undamaged Potatoes in a dark, cold, frost-free place. If frost is forecast then harvest tender vegetables such as Peppers, Courgettes and Tomatoes.
Leave Carrots in the ground until you need them – unless they are being attached by carrot fly. Lift Onions when the leaves turn brown, and dry them in the sun.
Bring Chilli plants indoors when they have finished fruiting. Put them on a sunny windowsill for the winter and then back outside for next summer.