It’s easy to develop a green thumb over the summer when the weather’s warm and your garden’s in full flower, but autumn’s coming up and it’ll be much harder to motivate yourself to do some gardening. In September there are a multitude of jobs to do in the garden to get it ready for next year or to keep it in flower over the winter. Here are a few things you could be doing.
First things first, amaryllis. Planting amaryllis and hyacinth bulbs now will ensure they bloom by Christmas. These will add colour to your winter garden, or can be potted and packaged nicely to be given as inexpensive, homemade Christmas presents. Spring blooming plants (daffodils and crocuses) can also be planted now to ensure a colourful garden in the spring. Furthermore you may want to try autumn sowing hardy annuals, such as poppies, this could result in a bigger plant next year.
Flowers are very pretty, but vegetables are functional, and we’re sure you’ll all agree that there’s nothing like home grown carrots with your roast dinner. Unfortunately a lot of crops don’t grow well in the winter. Do not fear though, most vegetables you harvest now can be stored in the freezer and preserved for when you need them. Potatoes can be put in to hessian sacks and kept in a cool, dark place in order to preserve them.
Don’t forget that halloween is coming up and so pumpkins will be in demand, lift pumpkins (and squashes) onto tiles or wood in order to keep them off the ground and prevent rotting. Also remove pumpkin leaves to maximise sunlight and ensure they’re ripe for halloween, this means you can avoid the supermarket rush for pumpkins this year and will likely result in you having the biggest one on your street.
Remove any rotting fruit from your apple and pear trees as these could spread disease to other healthy fruits. Pick blackberries as soon as they ripen, if you cannot use them all, they’re easily frozen for future use, maybe use them to make a few apple and blackberry crumbles. Pick all your plums, they can easily be frozen by simply giving them a quick rinse, cutting them in half and removing the stone. Finally, mow the grass near your fruit trees, this will make it easier to spot fallen fruits.
Clear out your greenhouse of empty pots and dead plants, this prevents unwanted pests making a home in it. Also don’t cut your grass too short as grass growth will slow down at this time of year.
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