The Garden During September
Children returning to school during September means that summer has passed and autumn arrived, although the weather is currently more summer like than autumn as we continue to enjoy outdoor family BBQ’s with the darker evenings being the only noticeable difference.
Early mornings are another sign that autumn is arriving as my early morning dog walks are shrouded in mist and wellies must be worn as the grass is very wet with dew.
The kids and I have been very busy picking the free bounty of blackberries which have been made into delicious crumbles and cobblers, the veg garden is also giving a bountiful supply of runner beans, pumpkins, onions, kale, onions, tomatoes, chillies and sweetcorn of which is the best that I have ever grown the cobs are huge and juicy.
Due to the warmer/wet weather the weeds in the garden are also plentiful and need to be removed before they set seed else they will multiply profusely!!
As always we have been busy in the garden tidying up shrubs, weeding, harvesting and husband has nearly finished his outdoor kitchen.
I have learned how to plait my onions – I was hoping to upload a video but as yet have not mastered the art of videoing with no hands and the children haven’t been around at the right time.
How I Plaited my Onions
I imagined that I was plaiting long hair putting 3 onions as the head and the dried shoots as the hair and just incorporated another onion as you would for a french plait. Do remember not to make the plait to heavy to hang up! Once you have included your onions you then just plait down to the end then tie on some string with a loop to hang and hey presto you have an onion plait which can now be stored in a cool dry place – I am sure my method would have traditional onion plaiters in uproar but it worked for me!
Along with the regular weeding here are some other jobs to be getting on with:-
Summer bedding may begin to look a little tatty so now is a great time to replace it with winter pansies, cyclamen, ivy, primroses and spring bulbs.
Continue to deadhead dahlias this will ensure that they flower right up until the first frosts.
Rejuvenate your lawn by removing the thatch with a spring-tined rake just rake over the entire lawn you’ll be amazed at how much dead stuff you get.
Plant spring flowering bulbs such as crocus, daffodils and irises.
September is a great time to divide perennials as the soil is still warm enabling new roots to form.
Pot up hyacinths for christmas flowering.
Herbaceous plants that have flowered and are beginning to look shabby can be cut back, however, things like half hardy Penstemons are best left as the growth will protect them over winter.
Turf or seed new lawns.
Spring flowering biennials such as wallflowers, Canterbury bells and sweet Williams can be planted out now.
Tie in climbing plants.
Cut back the herb garden.
Sow some hardy annuals such as californian poppies, cornflowers and larkspur.