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September marks the start of autumn; a lovely warm month and hopefully lots of goodies to harvest. It may seem early but it’s also time to start planting spring bulbs. Read on for a few tips for this month.



Flowers & Shrubs

Top Tip:  Keep dead heading if you kept your bedding plants going through our tropical summer, well done most didn’t! also give the plants a feed with a liquid fertiliser, we recommend Tomorite for all flowering and fruiting plants just to keep them going until they finally finish with the frosts.

Top Tip:   If your bedding plants haven’t quite made it to September don’t worry we have plenty of lovely bedding that will see you into the winter e.g. pansies, cyclamen and winter cherries



Top Tip:  Cut back the stems of perennials that are fading and dying down unless you like to keep the seed heads which can look lovely in the low sunlight at this time of year.

Top Tip: Autumn is a good time to divide clumps of perennials such as hemerocallis. Lift the clump and then divide it into pieces, either by prising it apart with two forks or cutting it up with a spade or bread knife.



Each piece needs some leaves and roots. Older pieces from the centre of the clump should be thrown away, but newer pieces can be replanted or shared with friends. Some perennials, such as sedums, will benefit from being divided every few years to keep the clump growing vigorously.

Top Tip:   When planting shrubs (or any other plant!) try using some Rootgrow which contains fungal spores or seeds which create a secondary root system for plants.

Rootgrow is endorsed by the RHS:

 "RHS Gardeners endorse Rootgrow because Rootgrow treated plants establish better with greater vigour, replant more successfully, have better developed root systems and cope better with drought conditions."

Not only does the RHS recommend it but also Monty Don uses it , he always says to use mycorrhizal fungi (because he can’t advertise Rootgrow) on Gardeners’ World.

Top Tip:   It’s the perfect time to plants shrubs as the ground is still warm and we are probably getting a bit more rain, so the soil should be moist. At Sunshine, we get a large delivery of shrubs from our growers in this country and Europe so do come in and look.

Top Tip:  For the past couple of months watering has been the number one priority in the garden, it’s not quite number one now but it’s still important. We’re getting more rain down and it’s cooler, however pots still need watering as do newly planted shrubs which will be forming buds ready to burst into flower next spring.


Bulbs

One of the reasons we love autumn at Sunshine is that it’s the time to choose your bulbs! we did the choosing earlier this year, now it’s your turn!

This year we have over  340   varieties available in our bulb room which is being looked after by Fiona who will be more than pleased to show you  what’s new in the bulb world and advise you.



Top Tip:   When choosing bulbs go for plump firm ones and plant they ASAP so that they can start putting root growths out.

Top Tip:    Autumn flowering bulbs are a real treat that should be more popular, just take a look below to see dome of the beautiful bulbs you can plant now to flower this Autumn.

Interesting fact : Saffron comes from the autumn flowering crocus , Crocus sativus, saffron actually the stamens of the flower and cost £10,000 per kilo, why not get some bulbs from us   and save yourself a mint!


Grow Your Own

 

Top Tip:  This month much of you hard work earlier this year pays off as it’s time to harvest.


Top Tip: Pumpkins and squash should be raised off the ground to ripen in the sun before harvesting. If the weather is wet, cut them early and bring them in to ripen in a greenhouse or sunny windowsill. To cure the fruits for storage, keep them in a warm room for a fortnight, then put them somewhere dry and cool but frost-free.


Top Tip:  Harvest top fruit such as apples and pears. Look for fruit falling under the tree (windfalls) to indicate which apples are ready, but also assess taste and texture to determine whether they are ready for harvesting.


When asparagus foliage turns brown, it is time to cut it down. Take care of the spines and give the plants a good mulch afterwards.


Harvest maincrop potatoes when the top growth starts to die down and turn brown.


Cut out old, fruited canes of summer raspberries, blackberries and hybrid berries after fruiting and tie in new ones.



Plant overwintering onion sets to provide an early crop next year and harvest this year’s when the top  begin to flop over.


Top Tip:   If you are luck enough to have a glut of fruit and veg try freezing, drying or pickling it’s good fun, avoids waste and make great presents for friends and family.


Lawns

 

Top Tip:   Aerate your lawn with a fork or lawn aerator.


Top Tip:   This is a good toe to sow a new lawn , click below for further details:

https://www.lovethegarden.com/advice/lawn-care/seeding-repairing/seeding-lawns

 

Top Tip:  Repair small bald patches with Patch Magic which is a unique 1 step lawn patching mix that is guaranteed to grow grass anywhere even those tough spots. 


Top Tip:    Raise the height of your blades as the growth slows down.

Top Tip:   If you want a new lawn or just to patch your lawn but don’t want to wait for seed germinate we have supplies of turf coming in this month, please ring for availability.