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Gardening Jobs for September


Well August wasn't the August we were hoping for but it was a bumper season for veg, especially the beans. Here's hoping for an Indian summer!

Sow/Plant:

Sow spinach, green manure and hardy annuals.

Start sowing bulbs for spring.

Plant out onion sets and wall flowers.

Transplant the last of the brassicas.

Propagate:

Pot up strawberry runners.

Pelargoniums.

Fuschias.

Lemon verbena.

Harvest:

Autumn raspberries.

Sweetcorn.

Last of the runner and green beans.

Lettuce.

Plums and damsons.

Kale, Card and spinach.

Squash/pumpkin - rest them on a piece of

wood etc to get them off wet soil and rotting.

Blackberries.

Secateurs jobs:

Keep deadheading sweet peas, cosmos, roses, dahlias.

Start to divide perennials as it starts to cool. Cut back fruited canes of summer raspberries.

Cut back the beans leaving 6" of stem and their roots in the ground to add nitrogen back to the soil.

Support:

Stake sedums and dahlias.

Net brassicas.

Feed:

Tomatoes and sweet peas with a high potash

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feed.

Weed:

Keep hoeing them down why it's dry and they

just shrivel up in the sunshine!

Lawns:

Raise the cutter setting and water in dry weather.

Aerate, scarify and re seed bare patches.

Water:

Especially camellias and rhododendrons so next years bud develop well and to get the last of the beans.

Relax and start collecting seed for next year!