Cottage garden September calendar. Thing’s to do in the cottage garden this month.
September is the last month of summer it is time to begin preparing
the cottage garden for autumn and now is the time to start planting
spring-flowering bulbs. If you are growing herbs, vegetables or fruit it
is harvest time and you will find yourself quite busy enjoying the
fruits of your labours. If the weathers warm make the most of it and
get those gardening jobs done before the colder temperatures set in.
vary all over the country and your garden will have it’s own
micro climate so take that into consideration. You may need to adjust
this September calendar a little for your own cottage garden but it’s a
good place to start.
Make a note of these tasks in your calendar.
September Calendar: Flowering Cottage Plants.
- Continue cutting back perennials that are fading.
- Divide herbaceous perennials. The end of September is a good time to plant new perennials as the soil is warm and damp.
and sow seeds from perennials, hardy annuals and sweet peas. You can
sow sweet peas in a cold frame or the greenhouse for early flowers next
- Collect and store seeds from
perennials that still are forming seed heads. The seed heads can be used
in flower arrangements or pot pourri. (Drying fruit, fungi and seeds
and making pot-pourri article in English Cottage Lifestyle E-zine issue
- Plant winter and spring-flowering
bulbs this month such as Narcissus, tulips, snowdrops, crocus,
fritillaria imperialis, iris and lilies.
hanging baskets and keep watering. If your plants have seen better
days plant spring-flowering bulbs and spring-flowering plants and
remember to water your hanging baskets.
- Prune the old stems of rambling roses and make sure the new stems are tied back before the winds begin.
cuttings of lavender, fuchsias, hydrangeas, rose, clematis, buddleia,
and geraniums. Simply pull of the side shoots that have heels , remove
the lower leaves and place in a good organic compost.
Herbs, Vegetables, Soft Fruit and Fruit Trees.
- September is the month for foraging in the hedgerows. Now is
the time to harvest blackberries and hedgerow fruit, other plants you
can find in England’s hedgerows are elderberries, hips, sloes, haws and
- Harvest time: beetroot, cabbage,
carrots, cauliflower, courgettes, cucumbers, globe artichokes, kale,
kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, spring
onions, spinach, tomatoes and turnips. If you have a glut of tomatoes
try drying them, read the article on drying fruit, fungi and tomatoes in
English Cottage Lifestyle E-zine issue #004
- Pick autumn raspberries and cut back canes.
- Harvest: apples, pears, plums, quinces.
- Cover leafy crops and protect autumn raspberries and blackberries with netting to protect them from birds.
the crops you want to eat later, such as: asparagus onions, pears,
plums, radishes and strawberries. You can plant rooted runners from your
own strawberries if they are healthy.
- When the foliage of asparagus turns yellow or brown cut all the stems to about 2-3cm then add an organic compost.
September Calendar: General Cottage Gardening Jobs.
- Keep watering new plants and trees, reduce watering of household plants.
out cold frames and greenhouses so that they are ready for autumn.
Start to remove shade/paint from the greenhouse to let in more light.
Close ventilation early in the afternoon to trap in the warmth. If you
bring in any new plants make sure they do not have pests or diseases.
- Clean up your cottage garden and do any repairs now before the cold weather begins.
- Now is the time to buy and spring-flowering bulbs and to collect seeds and beans for next year.
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