September

Late summer progresses into autumn

September is generally a cooler, gustier month than August and the days are noticeably shorter. While there's not as much to do in the ornamental garden at this time of the year, if you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you'll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest. It's also time to get out and start planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year and you can collect seeds for next summer's colour too. Make the most of the remaining warmth while you can!

Seed saving and collecting

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Top 10 jobs this month

  1. 1

    Divide herbaceous perennials

  2. 2

    Pick autumn raspberries

  3. 3

    Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals

  4. 4

    Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them

  5. 5

    Net ponds before leaf fall gets underway

  6. 6

    Keep up with watering of new plants, using rain or grey water if possible

  7. 7

    Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering

  8. 8

    Clean out cold frames and greenhouses so that they are ready for use in the autumn

  9. 9

    Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting

  10. 10

    Plant spring flowering bulbs

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