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The garden in September
In the month of September comes the big time of the late summer flowers and the first autumn flowers develop their flower splendor. The garden is once again enchanted with an expressive blooming. Now is the time to look after crops, plants, fertilizers and everywhere in the garden. The winter is almost in front of the garden door and all garden areas have to be well prepared for this time. Because even in the next garden season, the garden should be the beloved oasis to feel good and enjoy.
The ornamental garden
September is the right time to multiply the perennial shrubs by division. It is sufficient to cut the plant parts short. With the spade the root ball is severed. The newly won perennial must be well-watered after planting. Also for new perennials and biennial summer flowers is now the ideal planting time. The bulbs of crocus, narcissus, snowdrops, tulip and grape hyacinth set at the end of September will blossom in full splendor next year. Tip: The seeds of decayed perennials ensure the nutrition of many birds in winter.
The vegetable garden
September is the right time for the potato harvest. In dry weather can be harvested and all healthy and undamaged tubers are stored. The storage room should be dark and dry. The optimum storage temperature is approx. 8° C.
- Zucchini should be harvested before the first frost. You need regular irrigation water and liquid fertilizer or vegetable manure.
- The broccoli is ready for harvest. Since light frosts can not harm him, he can still stay in the bed after harvesting and train some stragglers of the delicate broccoli florets.
- Now is the time to plant corn salad and spinach for the early spring harvest next spring.
- This also applies to the garlic. Garlic made no special demands on the location. He feels good everywhere.
- In the vegetable patch, between strawberries, roses or under trees.
- Late maturing cabbages and leeks are now grateful for a fertilization with nettle or Beinwelljauche.
Also in the orchard fall in September, some work. Because in order to get a rich harvest next year, preparations must be made:
- Pome fruits such as apples and pears are ready for harvest in September when they can be picked from the tree with a slight twist.
- Now is the time to harvest plums, quinces, kiwis and late raspberry varieties.
- If strawberries are to grow at the same location in the next season, they should now be fertilized well in September.
- September is also the latest date for planting new strawberry plants.
Not much effort is needed to cut the raspberry. When the last fruits are harvested, these dark looking rods can be cut off and removed near the ground. The bright and strong-looking young shoots stop.
The strained garden floor
A good garden floor is the alpha and omega of an optimal ornamental garden. A good tip is to process all wood waste from shrubs and trees, foliage and grass clippings to mulch. If everything has been composted for a few months, this organic material can be applied to the soil. The mulch protects against the effects of the weather, keeps the moisture very well, prevents the growth of weeds and at the same time releases nutrients. Tip: A quick alternative to composting is a black plastic bag. It is used to fill garden and kitchen waste.
Now put only six weeks in a warm, sunny place and the perfect mulch is done. Applied to the ground, worms ensure the perfect removal. Green manure also improves the soil and provides nutrients. It works against soil erosion and weeds and it supports the formation of humus. On open areas rapeseed, clover, oil radish or bees friend can be planted for green manuring.
General gardening in September
If trunks and shoots have been fixed in the garden with wire, they must now be controlled, because the trees, shrubs, roses and climbing plants have grown. The wire must not cut the bark under any circumstances. It should now be loosened or completely removed before the crops are irreparably damaged.
Now is the time to transplant evergreen deciduous and coniferous trees. If the time is not enough in September, it is wiser to wait until next spring for transplanting.
If you want to multiply your ivy, you should do it now in September. Requires woody shoots with three leaves. The bottom sheet is removed. Put the sticks in a flower pot until leafy and frost-free but brightly overwinter. Rock gardens should be intensively inspected. Exposed roots must be covered, weeds must be carefully removed and, where necessary, even some soil should be applied.
Hedgehogs are very dependent on the help of humans, if they need a place to spend the winter. September is the right time to prepare for a winter-proof hedgehog home. A box in the quietest corner of the garden, hidden under a lot of foliage and branches, is enough to be adopted by the hedgehogs as winter quarters.