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In the garden: September

  • Roses will be bursting into life, so feed generously with Sudden Impact for Roses and water in well. While you’re at it, give the garden a whole feed too. Use pelletised organic manures, which break down slowly to nourish soils and feed plants.

  • Pull out winter crops, cut up what you can and add to the compost bin. Improve beds with plenty of aged manure, compost, and blood and bone. Add a wetting agent, like Richgro Ezi-Wet to help water penetration and moisture retention.

  • Give the lawn some much needed TLC. De-thatch, aerate, top dress bare spots, and apply an organic lawn fertiliser over the entire area. An organic-based fertiliser nourishes the soil, and gently feeds the lawn too. If the lawn is in need a complete overhaul, now is the time to rip it up and sow seed or lay new turf.

  • Plant ginger and turmeric in pots or garden beds. They can take between 8-10 months before harvest, so if you don’t want to dedicate a whole patch in the garden to growing them, choose pots or troughs at least 300mm wide. Water sparingly until shoots appear. The foliage is rather lush and tropical, so make great potted features.

  • Once the last chance of frost has passed, plant out the tomatoes seedlings you have been raising indoors. Ensure the soil has been improved with plenty of organic matter, including compost and aged manure. You can also plant beans, capsicums, chillies, eggplants, cucumbers, and zucchinis. Get your herbs in, too.

  • Head to your local nursery and pick out pots of colour. Use them to fill any gaps in the garden and plant out pots and hanging baskets. It will immediately brighten the garden and lift the mood.