Seasonal Tips

September 2012

It's been a strange year, with the seasons all pretty upside down and the wettest summer on record.  Coming into September now and it doesn't really feel as if Summer's even started!  Still, it's business as usual in the garden, with the warmish weather and plenty of rain meaning that most gardens are looking pretty abundant by now, with plenty of growth to cut back.

I'd be interested to know what success people have had with their harvests this year - I'd have thought the wet weather would have hindered the potatoes, but some people seem to be having tatties coming out of their ears this year!

Anyway, take advantage of the fine weather while you can and here are some of the things to do in the garden this month.

  • Divide herbaceous perennials - a good time to have a look round your friends' gardens and see what plants you fancy.  Split plants and replant a portion in your own garden or a roomy pot and you should have a plant ready to thrive in the spring.
  • Collect seeds from any herbs, veg and annuals and store carefully for the spring or sow now for next season
  • Dig up remaining potatoes and harvest the last of your crops
  • Keep up with watering of new plants, using rain or grey water if possible
  • Start tidying up for winter, but don't be overzealous - leave some seedheads and habitat piles for food and over-wintering

Don't forget to have a look at your compost heap. If you've been filling your compost bin all summer, there may well be some good stuff there, so check the bottom.   If it resembles soil and is sweet smelling, then it's probably ready to be used as a mulch or dug into your veg beds.  If not, it might be worth giving it a stir, if you're feeling energetic.  With a black plastic, bottomless bin, the best way is to lift the bin off entirely and pile the contents back into the bin, although you do need a bit of space for this.

A good time of year for bat watching and fungi forays and watching the leaves turn.