Autumn Gardening Classes recommence on September 10 and 12th. 10 - 1 pm .
What to do Now in September mid Autumn
- Choose the flowers you would like to collect seed from .Take a photo to remind yourself of what it looked like and where it was in the garden. Seeds only germinate when harvested ripe.
- Harvest the last of your rhubarb. If you don’t have time to use it simply wash it, chop and freeze for a later date.Very handy for a quick crumble and also when you are ready to make jam — don’t forget the ginger.Tomatoes also freeze really well for sauce making later.
- Tip prune fruit trees for shape, fruit is usually borne on older growth.
- Repair damaged lawns, also prepare ground for both new lawn sowing and wild flower meadows.
- Start dividing clumps of perennials, if they need division. Soil nice and warm to allow for root growth helping divisions get going again.Could be a bit on the late side for grasses.Grasses are best divided in late spring, when the soil is warming up.Also cuttings, now for overwintering.
- Start planting you're early spring bulbs, it is much easier now as the garden is warm, you can see the gaps for planting among the perennials. Summer / autumn bulbs, which have flowered, or still flowering, if you are not happy where they are, move them and remember to allow the foliage to die naturally feeding the bulbs, tubers for next year. Plant tulip bulbs in colder weather.
- Autumn containers — be adventurous, bulbs, annuals perennials small shrubs , etc. Happily it is still nice and warm, wind is drying plants in containers cut down on feeding, or simple plant up for winter.Summer containers are wonderful, and we also need winter interest. Think of a mini garden and what plants would give colour and texture. During the short days we often spend a great deal of time looking out through our windows, activity in the garden, birds even foxes playing(not with or chickens) can be joyful and really beneficial to our environment.
- Turn your compost, make room for all the new clippings you will have in the next couple of months. Think about how to store your leafs so as to have the use of such a valuable soil additive. Leafs breaks down quicker when shredded, this applies to all composted material.
- Cleared vegetable beds, which you are not going to use until spring, either cover or grow a green manure.
- Take notes of your favourite autumn colour, the plants, the shrubs and the trees and see if you can imitate in your space.
Lots to do.Get as much done now as the evenings are drawing in quickly and it is still warm. Don't strip everything backs as it provides cover for not only the soil but the creatures that live there.Water, drinking water also crucial for visiting creatures. Focus on tidying your edging, preparing your compost heaps if you need help having your hedges cut book your help now.As autumn continues into winter, we will be coming into bare root planting season.Lots of opportunities.
In our Autumn classes we will be covering all of this and more.
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The best and worst thing about gardening is that time does not stand still, and I suppose neither do we.Gardening is about life and the desire to live.
Really enjoy every day of May as the country side and our gardens push up new growth, the leaves on the trees, so fresh and vibrant, the Cherry, Apple blossom booming, drink in the fresh air which we are now beginning to realise we cannot take for granted.
The combination of our non toxic gardening will have a benefit , encouraging bio-diversity where it is difficult to exist in other places, such a natural thing in our gardens, on our balconies where ever we can encourage flora and fauna to thrive.
May Day was born from the industrial struggle for an eight-hour day.For a gardener as the days stretch we have the opportunity to extend our time in the garden — no May Day for us, but then is it work?
May the beginning of summer, the seeds were sown in spring, new life really starts to be seen in the garden.The apple trees are in full bloom bearing fruit in the autumn, completing their cycles of life, with the production of seed to continue on.
The soil is beginning to warm up as the days grow longer and generally in most parts of the country around the 20 May we can start planting out our more delicate plants without the worry of frost.The protection we gave the soil in the autumn and late winter will now begin to pay dividends, without good soil we are lost.
I suppose the best indicator that things are happening is the growth of weeds, and so keep hoeing. Weeds are flowers growing in the wrong place, so you choose, as dandelions are still one of the best sources of early pollen for our precious bees.
For me May brings back many very happy memories of my Holy Communion picnic on the shores of Lough Corrib with the Hawthorn in full bloom. Enjoy.
1 Plant up your tomatoes into the best possible compost, plant them deep.
2 Early flowering shrubs when finished, such as Forsythia, now is the time to prune as they will produce their flowers again on this years growth.
3 Mow your lawn often keep short and allow the grass to stay there helping to feed the soil.
4.Dead head Tulips and Narcissi ( daffodils) as they finish, allow the leaves to die back naturally, as they are feeding the bulbs for next year, this can take 6 weeks 9 mid June).
5 Keep a good eye out for slugs and snails, they are most active int the evenings. Set up beer traps for them, hoeing in the morning also helps to reduce baby slugs.