10th September 2017
This month’s tip – September is the time to…
September is about your garden giving it one last splash of colour with redbeckias, heleniums, sedums and fabulous grasses now giving it a warm glow….
JOBS TO DO
- Take stock of your garden and note where the gaps are or where more COLOUR is needed.
- Garden nurseries have great PLANT SALES now as the end of season so go shopping and if you buy a plant, buy a minimum of THREE.
- Buy spring flowering bulbs now to plant in October.
- You could sow your final crop of Rocket, Mustard and Winter Salad.
- Continue picking Autumn Raspberries
- Collect Windfall apples as soon as possible and get cooking, eating and see my delicious chutney receipe for a winter favourite (Octobers Blog)
- Harvesting apples and pears can be tricky but check weekly and a Apple is ripe when cupped in your hand, comes away as your gently twist, but if planning on storing – pick slightly underripe.
- Pears are more tricky as they need to be hard and have developed in sweetness.
- Remove summer fruiting raspberry canes that have fruited to ground level(brown stems not the green ones)
- BEETROOT is delicious and is now ready for picking so check out my fab ‘Chocolate Beetroot Brownies’ which comes from New Zealand.
- Save seed for next year – California Poppies, cosmos, french and runner beans, when dry and brittle place in a paper bag and store.
- Go BLACKBERRY PICKING – its free and freeze them In November I have a great Fruit Leather receipe!