Gardening tips for September
Give your garden some love
Autumn is here – can you believe it? – which means a new focus for gardens. Resident gardening guru Ellen Mary gives five gardening tips for September. Take it away Ellen…
1. A great way to save a few pennies in the garden – and grow more of your favourite plants – is to collect seeds from your existing collection and re-sow them. You’ll notice the seed pods on numerous plants at this time of year; simply extract and store in a cool dry place until its time to sow them.
2. The soil will stay warm into early Autumn which makes this time of year perfect for planting new perennials in your borders. It’s also a great time to split your existing perennials, giving you even more plants. Lift the plant and divide the clump with forks or by hand, and plant the youngest, strongest looking segments, giving them a good water and a mulch of organic matter.
3. Wildflower seeds can be sown at this time for year ready for their colourful display next year. There are many different mixes available but a favourite of mine is Poppies and Cornflowers – the reds and blues look stunning together and are great for beneficial insects.
4. It’s already time to start planning your bulbs for Spring, so sit down with a cuppa and go through the bulb catalogues. Choose between Daffodils, Crocus and Hyacinth, alongside summer flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Alliums and Crocosmia.
5. It’s the perfect time of year to create new beds and borders, or shuffle an existing space around. As you look at planting new perennials, think about how suitable they are to garden wildlife – single-headed flowers generally are more attractive to insects than double blooms with the pollen is easier to access.
Ellen is a garden designer who runs the No Fear Gardening group, encouraging all levels of experience to a fuss free gardening evening once per month. The next meeting is on Wednesday 7th September 7pm at The Norfolk Olive Tree Company in Norwich. ellenmarygardening.co.uk