Tips & Advice
Things are slowing down in the fruit and veg garden, but in beds and borders there are lots to do to get them ready for winter and spring. And now’s a vital time to get the lawn back into shape if the summer has taken its toll on it.
Jobs to do in September
- Bring in houseplants that have been enjoying a summer holiday outdoors.
- Feed the lawn to get it ready for winter cold and wet.
- Collect and preserve herbs to use in the kitchen over winter.
- Plant winter-flowering pansies, primroses and other spring-flowering bedding.
- Give hedges their final trim of the year.
- Dig up maincrop potatoes, let them dry a little and then store in a cool, dark place.
- Plant spring-flowering bulbs for masses of colour next year.
- Cut back faded flower stems from flowering plants
- Collect seeds from favourite annual and perennial flowering plants.
- Help ripen green tomatoes by cutting off the fruiting vines and bring indoors.
Richard's tip of the week
Bring indoors any houseplants that have been in the garden during the summer. Check for pests and spray if necessary. Also look at the bottom of the pot, that’s where slugs or snails hide.More jobs to do now
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