As much as we want it to stay sunny forever, September is here, and it brings with it the feeling of a coming winter. As things get a little colder, you’ll want to recoup and prepare. With these essential garden jobs for September, give a little TLC to those plants tired out from a long summer and take steps to try and prevent any unwanted casualties.
Flower Garden Jobs
- By the end of summer, your soil will have lost many of its minerals and nutrients, and so it’s a good idea to begin digging it up in order to mix it with quality compost.
- Take care of your perennials. For any that you don’t want to leave out over winter (and that have completely finished flowering), cut down the top and divide the plants into sections.
- Your lawn may be looking a little tired from summer, so take some steps to bring it back to its former glory. Perforate the ground with small holes to reduce the compaction of soil and allow the lawn to aerate. Remove weeds and dead grass, and finish off by watering your lawn generously and giving it a little fertiliser.
- Stop watering your Begonias and Gloxinia, as well as any dormant Cyclamen. Prune your Pyracantha and any straying roses.
Vegetable Patch Jobs
- Get sowing! In September, you should be looking to sow: beetroot, lettuce, coriander, spring greens, radishes, turnips, spinach, spring onions, endive, baby salad leaves, calabrese and spring greens.
- There are also a number of things you’ll need to pick. Plums and cherries will be nice and ripe (but mind out for the wasps). Dessert pears won’t be ripe yet but they should be picked to ripen indoors.
- As it nears the end of the month, you may want to consider using horticultural fleece or cloches. Cover late crops of salad, courgettes and carrots to protect them as the weather turns colder.
- Summer fruiting raspberries should be pruned. Cut the stems that have produced fruit this year to just above the ground, and tie in the new canes which will fruit next year.
- If you have any plants outside which look a little delicate, bring them into the greenhouse for the coming winter. Give them a little TLC by removing any dead leaves and replacing the top layer of compost.
- Think about planting some spring bulbs in the greenhouse, they’ll flower a few weeks earlier than those planted outdoors.
- If you’re growing Jasmine, remove the growing tips and make sure it’s kept in upright form.
- Over the month, you’ll want to gradually reduce how much you water plants in your greenhouse, as their growth and flowering slows.
We hope these essential garden jobs for September help you over the month. If you haven’t checked out our Essential Gardening jobs for August, be sure not to miss out. Fancy bringing some of the garden into the house? Why not give our DIY Vertical Indoor Garden a shot?