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10 Easy Gardening Jobs in September

by User Not Found | Sep 11, 2013

10 Easy Gerdening Jobs for September

The crispness of Autumn is well and truly in the air but there's some easy gardening jobs to be done this month that will get your garden from good to great - work your way through this list and you'll be in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea in no time....

1. Start thinking about spring bulbs, where you want to plant them and preparing the soil for planting. Buy early and plant before the first frosts and come Springtime your garden will be a riot of colour.

2. It's time to start planting seed potatoes in preparation for Christmas, Maris Piper or Duke of York are good choices to plant now for a late November harvest.

3. Now should be a time of harvest so all your hard work should be rewarded with a bountiful cornucopia of home grown treats – Raspberries, Plums and Crab Apples are all ripening up now.

4. There are a variety of autumn and winter vegetables you can plant to ensure fresh produce for the colder months - winter and spring cabbage, purple sprouting broccoli, Little Gem lettuce, ice berg varieties and Chinese cabbage are a few options.

5. Now is an ideal time to start a compost heap in your garden – autumn’s fallen leaves, your grass clipping and any teabags, eggs shells or coffee grinds will all ensure you have a wonderful organic rich compost for next spring’s planting.

6. Get your bird table cleaned and start leaving out food for the birds – they will benefit from storing up fat now to get through the winter ahead.

7. Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting

8. Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering

9. Divide herbaceous perennials. It's easier than you'd think - Fergal shows you how in our video in around two minutes http://youtu.be/x8AuJnP3xGo 

10. Bedding and container annuals will last longer if given some liquid feeding now — they could still have two months in them but will fade long before that without feeding and regular watering.

Fergal's Bio

Hi my name is Fergal, I have been a horticulturist with CountryLife since April 2009 in the New Ross branch . I have a BSC in horticulture which I received from WIT and Kildalton College . Before joining CountryLife I worked in Ballymaloe cookery school in Shanagary Co. Cork were I was involved in fruit and vegetable production for the cookery school and also the farmers Market in Middleton every Saturday. After Ballymaloe I went to work in Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford where I worked on the grounds of the estate maintaining the gardens. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants. Fergal - See more at: http://www.countrylife.ie/blog/blog/2013/08/01/august-in-the-garden#sthash.yZfXflIl.dpuf