The September Garden

The kids are going back to school and summer is starting to feel like a distant memory but there are still a fair few jobs to be done in the garden, weather permitting of course. The following tips have been lifted directly from ‘My Garden Journal’ – an any year printable you can grab right now at my Etsy shop…

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My Garden Journal

Suggested September Garden Jobs in a Temperate Climate

Food Crops:
September is traditionally the abundant month for gardeners. And as October can be wet and windy, now is the time to harvest many crops. Leave the hardier plants in until the end of the month, or longer if October turns out nice! Bring in all the summer crops and eat, give away or store for the winter. You could be in the kitchen a bit more this month; freezing, bottling, baking etc; but it will all be worth it. Imagine organic home-grown veggies with Christmas dinner.

Pick all apples and pears and any other fruits still in the garden. While you’re doing that, check over the trees and bushes for any signs of disease or strain. Usually, these plants will need pruning soon so an idea of what you may have to do keeps you one step ahead.

Compost:
Remember to compost any food plants you didn’t get around to cropping as well as any other plants that have to be removed now. All dead leaves, stems and windfallen inedible fruits can be composted. If you haven’t already got a compost heap, now is a good time to start one. Compost all the summer organic debris and then add peelings and leaves to it throughout the winter.

Bonfires:
If you have a ton of leaves and sticks, a fire may be a better option. Too many oak leaves in a compost heap can make the resulting soil quite acidic, so have a bonfire night! Always check that no animals have started nesting where you plan your fire. And also check before you light it if there’s a delay between building and lighting.

Plants:
Now is a good time to plant spring flowering bulbs. Choose carefully and remember to position taller growing plants towards the back of a bed so they don’t block the light from lower growing plants. Check all stakes and supports are firm before the Autumn winds arrive. If a support falls over, it will inevitably take your plant with it.

New fruit trees can be planted towards the end of the month, but check on the producer’s suggestions before buying. Not all species will cope with a hard winter when they’re young. You could start pruning raspberry canes now, as long as they’ve finished fruiting.

Clear summer bedding plants. Prune and check over your herbs. Mulch around the more delicate plants and cut out dead wood from the woody herbs.

Care:
Take care of your tools. You may have been leaving them out during the summer, but now’s the time to put them away at night. Get into the habit now and they’ll last a lot longer than if they get left out in the rain.

Happy Gardening!

Linda x

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