This week, there's plenty of harvesting to be done and some suggestions of winter crops and flowers to plant and sow. Check out my September Garden Calendar Tips for more on edibles and ornamental gardening.
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Fruit and veg
- Harvest sweet corn when the tassels are just going brown and the tops kernels produce a milky sap when you push in your thumbnail.
Sweet corn cob tassels
- Sow the hardy strain of 'White Lisbon’ salad onion. They will over-winter as small plants and provide you with tasty onions for your early spring salads. They will be ready well before the spring-sown ones are ready.
- Any trained forms of tree fruits should have the summer pruning completed now. So that's cordon, espalier, fan and step-over trained fruit.
Mizuna and kale seedlings
- Autumn fruiting raspberries should be ready to pick and are so easy to grow! These generally don’t need support.
Raspberry 'Autumn Bliss'
Prepare for winter
- Clean out nesting boxes and give your bird table a good scrub before the main bird feeding season gets underway. Jeyes disinfectant works well on bacterial and fungal diseases.
- Replant pots and hanging baskets with autumn, winter and spring flowering and foliage plants. Plant them close together as you will get less growth at this time of the year. Use fresh compost and Osmocote feed for the best results, and pop in some dwarf spring-flowering bulbs too!
A hanging basket filled with plants for winter
Time to sow
- Create a cottage garden effect by sowing easy to grow hardy annuals. Calendula and Love-In-A-Mist complement each other nicely. Cornflower, Larkspur and Clarkia will give some height to the middle and back of a border and are excellent for cut flowers! All can be sown directly into well-prepared soil and don’t need to be raised in trays and transplanted. They are hardy enough to over-winter without frost protection and will give a good show next summer!
- September is the best month for establishing new lawns. Sow new seed or turf after careful soil preparation. Don’t skimp on the amount of seed, as this is the one chance to get it right!
Rolls of lawn turf
- Rejuvenate tired-looking lawns by over-seeding with a mix of fresh seed and proprietary lawn dressing compost. This is what professional greenkeepers regularly do. You can also use Westland Lawn Thickener (seed & feed).
- Read my article on autumn lawn care for more information.