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.
Sow 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
If so allow the plant to dry out naturally and reduce water
and feeding slowly as growth begins to slow down for the
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
The earwigs will hide in the traps during the day when they
can be removed and destroyed. One of the treats of late 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 arterrisias