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Gardening Jobs for September

Dahlia 'Walzing Matilda'


Summer feels as though it is hanging on by a thread. It's September and the early mornings are significantly cooler with dew on the grass. But these warm Indian summer days are a joy, perfect gardening weather thankfully as there is still so much still to do!

There is so much to harvest and store for winter unless my children devour it before it reaches the back door! So whether it is picking apples or blackberries to turn into a crumble or dahlias and cosmos for a vase do make time to do so as it really is so good for the soul.


So here are some ideas of what you could be doing in the garden this month.


Sow/plant:

Sow chard, spinach, broad beans and rocket.

Divide and replant perennials.

Plant out wallflowers and other biennials.

Order spring flowering bulbs to plant out.


Harvest/pick:

Dahlias, cosmos, echinacea, rudbeckia,

sunflowers, salad, spinach,

chard, radish, carrots, potatoes, beans

and berries, apples and pears galore.

Secature/lopper jobs:

Keep deadheading!

Prune long wispy wisteria shoots.

Cut down fruited summer raspberry

canes.

Cut off strawberry runners and pot up.

Prune rambling roses.

Remove beans once done but leave the roots in the soil to add nitrogen to the soil.


Stake/support:

Feed tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers.

Collect seed.


Lawns, ponds and other:

Mow when required but allow it to grow a

little longer if it gets hot again!

Keep the greenhouse well ventilated.


My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.

– Claude Monet