Garden Ideas – September Gardening
Well the best of the summer is either gone or rapidy going. By the end of September the nights will have drawn in quite a bit and the evenings will be damper. But cheer up! There is a bright side, the lawn will need mowed less often by the end of the month and there’s still quite a few nice days that you can enjoy!
The main tasks and priorities this month are:
After the temperature of the ground falls beneath 60°F, the Spring bulbs can start to be planted. Tulips, daffodils, irises and crocus can be planted and a September trip to the local gardening centre can be very rewarding as you start to plan out the spring flowering in your garden.
Winter pansies, kale and flowering cabbage can be planted now, this helps ensure a little colour is still around the garden after the blooms of Summer have gone.
Perennial seeds can be sown in open beds or rows now so that the seedlings can be transplanted into a more permanent position in the Springtime.
Start to tidy up the garden by removing dead flowers or relocating plants into other areas.
Autumn planting of shrubs and trees makes for good roots but water until the ground starts to freeze at the end of next month or November if the ground is a little dry. Remember to add a good drop of fertiliser to newly planted shrubs and trees to get them off to a good start.
The vegetable garden will still be producing loads of nice eating providing nice meals in the darker evenings and remember to share them with friends and neighbours. You should be a fairly popular person by now!!!
Remember that jams and preservatives can be made from fruit and some vegetables can be frozen now to provide tasty food for the cold winter months. Why not try some home made wines?
Some root cropping vegetables, such as carrots, onions, and parsnips can be left in the ground in the colder areas providing there is enough mulch added to keep them from freezing. This provided great fresh food in the winter months.
in cold climates and dug up as needed. Apply enough mulch to keep the ground from freezing, and the crop will be kept fresh until it is needed.
September gardening includes reseeding grassed areas or planting new lawns. Over-seeding already growing lawns helps choke the weeds out and produces a constantly fresh looking grass.
A last ditch bout of weeding will keep the garden tidy over the winter and will keep the numbers of weeds down next year so spend some time doing this to ensure a continuing improvement in your garden.