September gardening jobs: part 2


Herb collection

Here's the follow up to my first list of September jobs. Hope these come in useful…

Herbs for winter
Enjoy fresh home-grown herbs all winter. Pot up mint, chives, rosemary, parsley and thyme into 13cm (5in) containers. Leave them outside for four weeks then pop them on the kitchen windowsill where they’ll be handy for harvesting.

Tidy up your pond
Cut off yellowing, dying and dead leaves from water lilies and other pond plants. Cover the pond with netting to stop the leaves from falling in and clogging it up during the autumn. 


Geranium display

Take cuttings
Take cuttings of your favourite tender bedding plants like geraniums, fuchsias and marguerites. Grow them indoors on the windowsill over winter and they’ll make good sized plants by the time you plant them outside next May.

Move shrubs

Got a shrub growing in the wrong spot? Now is the ideal time to move it. Re-plant with plenty of compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered.

Collect up your veg
Harvest crops regularly before the slugs get to damage them. Cut pumpkins and squashes if ripe. Make the last of the outdoor tomatoes into soups and chutney. Sow winter spinach, spring cabbage and calabrese in the vegetable plot for extra-early crops next year.

Keep squirrels away
Stop squirrels from digging up newly planted bulbs by grating some soap over the surface of the soil or compost.


  1. Jane October 11, 2009 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I bought the cherry brandy rudbeckia earlier this year and they have been super – and much admired by people pasing by the garden. I am not sure what to do with them now as the flowers are almost over and there are seed heads. Can I have some advice please? Also is this rudbeckia a perennial? Thompson and Morgan have now classified it as a half hardy annual – if this is the case, will it self seed?

  2. Margaret Fenn May 6, 2010 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard. I have a query concerning your Flower Power. I used it last year by adding it to a watering can, but was wondering if it can be used with a spray attachment fitted to a hose. If so, how much of the flower power would I put into the attachment. Thanks. Margaret Fenn

  3. Pamela Duffy September 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Bought the Japanese Maple Duet in July. Sprouting leaves beautifully. Would appreciate advice on how to protect in through the Winter and should I cut off all the lower spurs now to ensure I get an umberella shape next year. Thank you. Pamela Duffy.
    Mrs P.A. Duffy

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