What to do in your garden in September

We are nearing the end of the growing season but there are still lots of jobs to do in the garden – harvesting crops and preparing for next year. The 10 top jobs for September are:-

– Lifting and dividing herbaceous perennials. They can be replanted somewhere else in your own garden or given away to neighbours and friends. Plants for free!

– Picking autumn fruiting raspberries;

– Collecting. storing and sowing seed from perennial and hardy annual flowering plants;

– Digging up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them. They can be stored in hessian sacks in a dark, cool garage or shed for use over the winter;

– Netting ponds before leaf fall gets underway;

– Keeping up with watering of new plants, using rain or grey water if possible;

– Starting to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering;

Lawns should be given some TLC by scarifying with a rake, aerating it with a garden fork and feeding it with an autumn lawn fertiliser to see it through the winter;

– Covering leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting;

– Planting spring flowering bulbs.

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