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What to do in the Garden - third week of September

The Flower Garden


  • Buy tulips now while they're fresh in garden centres, but hold off planting till next month
  • Plant daffodils, hyacinths, spring crocus and fritillaries in pots
  • Lift and pot up tender perennials to protect over winter
  • Clear away faded summer bedding and annuals, composting the plants
  • Fork over bare patches ready for planting spring bulbs
  • Lift tubers of dahlias, gladioli, and begonias, clean them off and store them in dry compost in a cool, frost-proof place
  • Sow sweet peas in pots and protect the plants in a frame over winter
  • Sow hardy annuals in borders for earlier flowers next summer
  • Prune tall rose bushes and standard roses to reduce wind rock
  • Pinch out sweet pea seedling tips for bushier plants and more flowers next year

Fruit and Veg


  • Pick ripe apples and store the best in fruit crates
  • Dig up strawberry runners and pot them up
  • Net autumn raspberries and blackberries to protect them from birds
  • Lift and dry maincrop potatoes and store in paper sacks in a cool, dark place
  • Pot up a few herbs to bring into a porch or grow on the window sill
  • Sow broad beans and hardy peas for early crops next year
  • Check pears regularly to harvest when perfectly ripe
  • Vegetables to sow now include winter radishes, lettuce and salad leaves, spinach, spring onions, and turnip 'Tokyo Cross' for its green tops




  • Scrub off shading paint and wash the glass thoroughly inside and out
  • Listen out for weather forecasts of early frosts and be ready to bring tender potted plants under cover
  • Ventilate the greenhouse on warm days, but close doors and vents every evening to trap in the warmth
  • Water crops in pots and growing bags more sparingly, but continue feeding weekly
  • Stop watering gloxinias, begonias and achimenes to let their leaves die down completely before storing tubers in dry compost for winter
  • Pot up tender perennials, like fuchsias, from summer displays and bring into the greenhouse
  • Raise roller blinds, but roll them back down on very bright days
  • Let sweet peppers develop their full colour and size before picking
  • Look out for pests and diseases and treat any you find immediately


Around and About


  • Raise the cutting height of your lawn mower and continue composting clippings
  • Wash out and top up bird baths regularly
  • Stretch netting over ponds and water features to prevent autumn leaves blowing in
  • Water houseplants less frequently and move them off particularly cold window sills at night
  • Collect fallen leaves from around roses to reduce the risk of diseases carrying over to next season
  • Order bare-root fruit trees to plant later this year
  • Clean out water butts and check downpipe fittings



 Have a great week and see you in two weeks time



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