The days are notably shorter in September compared to August and it tends to be cooler and windier. If you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you’ll be busy harvesting the crops this time of year, as there isn’t much to do in the ornamental garden. It’s also time to go outside and begin planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year’s Springtime. Additionally, you can gather seeds now to create colour for the following summer. Take advantage of the remaining warm evenings while you still can with fire pits and outdoor lighting.
- Divide clump-forming plants in your herbaceous border.
- Pick autumn raspberries on a dry day.
- Dig up remaining potatoes.
- Cover leafy veg plants with birdproof netting.
- Plant Spring-flowering bulbs in borders and containers.
- Collect fallen, rotted fruit from around trees to prevent fungal diseases spreading.
- Take down greenhouse shade netting or wash off shading paint as light levels start to fall.
- Pot up herbs, such as chives and parsley, and place on a sunny windowsill to use during winter.
- Plant onion and shallot sets in a sunny spot, 10cm apart, with the tip just showing above the soil.