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3rd September 2018

September -Top Garden Tips

SEPTEMBER – Top Garden Tips

September is a month where we are trying to cling to the idea of an Indian summer while around us everything is fading and decaying.  But the soil is still warm, so a good time to take advantage of the conditions to sow some late seed, plant some new plants or move a plant or two!.  or even join us for a wonderful workshop to keep your Summer skin glowing and nourish with a wonderful hand cream using locally sourced herbs and honey.  Later in the year we are also running a fantastic workshop making Seasonal Goodies to keep or give away for Christmas, you will be top of the Christmas card list, so sign up to book your place!!

Colour can still be found and I have some favourites which are Cosmos ‘purity’, dahlias all colours and shapes, knautia macedonica, which I cut right back in August is now flourishing and in full flower.  The Agastache foeniculum however is just humming with bees but they also love the sedums (Sedum purple emperor) which looks splendid so I plan on planting even more bee friendly plants.   See my bee blog later in the month for the Top Bee Plants all year round.

cosmosBee plantsSedum and bees

Shady areas are not to be forgotten the vibrant greens from stately ferns, Matteuccia struthiopteris through to Hydranger Panicularta ‘Little lime’ work wonders for illuminating a darker corner, not to forget Japanese Anemones ‘Honorine Jobert’ standing up to 1meter, whites through to magenta pinks.

Matt fernHydranger panc 'Limelight'Japanese Anemon

Anemones  are perennials which grow from fibrous root stock producing sucking shoots.  Propagate by dividing in autumn.  As a woodland plant Japanese Anemones tolerate full sun or dappled shade and flower from late summer in most soils will survive.

JOBS TO DO IN THE GARDEN

Collect seed now, take paper bags and a pen and remove the seed heads, stalk and all into the bag, tie of with string and label.  Hang in a warm dry shed.

Tie up rambling roses and prune side shoots to a couple of buds of the main frame.

Lift Dahlia tubers after the first frost or not!

Think about SPRING BUlBS as now is the time to order and plan your containers.

lilley of the valleyMuscari

Plant new hedging, shrubs and perennials so a good root system can establish itself before winter sets in.

PEST & DISEASE

HONEY FUNGUS – Armillaria, shows itself late in the month so keep a look out for the honey-coloured toadstools (whitish ring on the stem just below the cap) growing around the base or roots of susceptible trees and shrubs.  Trees slowly wither and die.

Honey fungus spreads through the roots from infected plants to nearby plants and trees.  There is no cure, so best dig out and dispose of the infected plants and root system to stop further spread.

THE VEG PATCH

September Croppings continue with an abundance of courgetts, aubergines, beetroot, carrots, spinach, french beans as well as herbs.  Store pumpkins and squash

Late summer seeds to sow – parsley, lettuce, angelica and chervil.  Plant plugs of Spring greens, pak choi, chinese cabbage, ruby chard, winter spinach and kale.

Now is the time to order Garlic and plant, I use  www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk/visit to order my bulbs which are great and i’m always impressed with the huge selection and great result.

Glorious Garlic

Important to clear areas so slugs and snails are deterred but also expose clutches of eggs, usually under bricks or next to the timber edging.

Keep on top of weeds – so regular hoeing

Green tomato chutney seems to be on the cards for my tomatoes as the late offerings are  struggling to go orange so cut down the plants and store fruit inside. Watch out for next months top recipe.

I am going to plant green manure in all the finished boarders.  The seeds germinate within days and this will form a thick rug by November which can then be dug back into the soil before spring to release nutrients and provide humus for the soil as they break down.

Enjoy, happy gardening and we will be looking at grasses and vibrant autumn colours in next months blog….

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