SEPTEMBER and the year is on the turn. It is traditionally a
month when fruit and vegetables such as onions, beetroot,
carrots, apples and pears will be ready to harvest.
are lifted and picked there will be areas of vacant ground. Make
the most of these areas and sow late sowings of lettuce then
cover them with cloches towards the end of the month.
swedes and turnips now to provide young edible roots early next
year. Plant spring cabbage plants now in the open ground or
raise them from seed in a cold frame for planting out in late
October. During the next few weeks examine your house plants and
look for signs of over-watering. The signs will be apparent -
yellowing or dropping of leaves is a sure sign of over-watering.
If so allow the plant to dry out naturally and reduce water and
feeding slowly as growth begins to slow down for the winter.
House plants that have been placed outside during the summer
months can be brought back inside to acclimatise in their
positions before the weather temperature drops. Earwigs can. be
a menace in the garden especially to dahlia and chrysanthemum
flowers. Catch them by placing inverted flower pots stuffed with
hay, straw or shedded newspaper at the top of sticks or canes
pushed into the ground among the plants.
The earwigs will hide
in the traps during the day when they can be removed and
One of the treats of fate summer that produce a
host of blooms at the end of August must be the Japenese
anemones. They will add a touch of grace and charm to an
otherwise dull border.
Anemone September charm, Honorine
jobert and the semi double Margarete are a few of the favourites
on offer. Grow them in any good garden soil. Try them among
silver foliaged plants such as santolinas, lavender and