happy gardening September !
Summer is drawing to a close. As September arrives – and with it the autumn – the weather is generally cooler and gustier than August and the days are noticeably shorter but there are still gardening jobs that are worth doing this month. Your tasks include preparing your plants and flowers for the winter ahead and harvesting the vegetables you’ve cared for over the summer.
It’s also time to plant spring-flowering bulbs for next year or perhaps a Christmas display. Make the most of the remaining warmth while you can!
Handy Monthly Tips
Continue to feed and dead-head flowering plants – they will often keep going until the first frosts. You can keep your raised planter in colour by taking the dead or fading blooms off regularly – and add a liquid feed into the self-watering reservoir and they’ll stay happily fed and watered.
And if you’ve been growing summer bedding plants in your raised planter that are starting to fade then clear them away to make way for some autumn flowering varieties such as chrysanthemums, sedum, violas and winter bedding plants and keep the colour going – combine with grasses for a lovely autumn display. Tuck some bulbs in the compost underneath the plants for spring.
Dahlias are so easy to grow in a garden4me planter and should be a mass of colour at this time of year, producing their best displays. Keep taking off the faded blooms to encourage new ones to appear for a while longer.
Plant spring bulbs – now’s the time to think how you want your planter to look in spring. You can plant some bulbs now, such as daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and iris. They like good drainage so will thrive in garden4me planters – the compost doesn’t waterlog as roots take up just the water they need using the capillary action.
It’s not too soon to start thinking about a Christmas display in your raised planter – you can start to sow some amaryllis and hyacinths which will be ready in time for the festive season and will make a lovely addition to your outdoor Christmas décor!
garden4me flower of the month
vegetables & fruit
If you’ve been growing vegetables in your planter then this is a good time for an autumn clean-up. Remove crops that have finished – you don’t need to replace the capillary mat or compost – just add a top layer of compost and you’re ready to go for your next planting.
If you’ve been growing beans, mangetout or peas then simply cut the plant away at ground level, leaving the roots in the soil. These crops slowly release nitrogen into the soil as the roots break down.
Plant garlic bulbs at the end of the month for crops next year.
Pot up strawberry runners to make extra plants for next year.
garden4me vegetable of the month
don’t forget …
Keep birds happy – keep topping up bird tables as our little feathered friends will need our help as the temperature drops and their natural food sources are not as abundant. You can provide mixed bird seed, bread, raisins, currants and soft fresh fruit. Alternatively, you can buy ready-made food for them such as fat balls, which will be a rich source of energy for birds in the colder months ahead. Also, don’t forget to keep your birdbath topped up as this is a great source of drinking water for them.
did you know?
Garden4me planters are perfect for growing tomatoes – the first and foremost need of tomatoes is a constant supply of water that keeps the compost moist which they will get from the in-built reservoir without becoming waterlogged you can add liquid tomato feed either directly into the reservoir or water in from the top – and even in the hottest temperatures they’ll stay hydrated as they can drink as much as they want without getting waterlogged. And the deep growing bed means you can grow all varieties successfully – why not try small-fruited bush varieties such as ‘Tumbling Tom Red’, ‘Tumbling Tom Yellow’ and ‘Hundreds and Thousands’.
garden4me – latest news…
We’ll be at the Harrogate Flower Show from the 14th to 16th September – come and see us there on Stand GS82. This is our first time at the Show and we’re looking forward to showing our unique planters to visitors – and the new colour to our range – sandstone.
Polytunnel…customers who have already bought a planter know that you can add a polytunnel – we’re pleased to let you know that we’ll soon be able to offer a garden4me polytunnel kit that can be easily added to the planter for growing plants and seeds under cover.
customer featured planter of the month
Joan and John in Ireland have successfully been growing throughout the summer heatwave – they said…
‘Just gone through several weeks of drought conditions here in Ireland, temperatures reaching 32 degrees C and garden4me is still producing strong healthy plants, The water reservoir system works fantastic, identical plants grown in the soil are suffering badly with burnt leaves and tiny courgettes, we are already harvesting from the garden4me. Would highly recommend it especially in these times of hosepipe bans! Excellent product!’
Coming in the October calendar – more handy hints, flower of the month, veg of the month and latest news.