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Gardening in Early Autumn

Gardening in the rain of early autumn can be frustrating but when the rain ceases, we must have trowels and secateurs at the ready.

For lawn lovers there is still plenty of time to seed and turf any patches in your gardens, raising the height of your mowers to around an inch (2.5cm) to put a little more green on your lawns is a good idea now and decreasing the frequency of your mowing is going to occur as the peak growing season comes to an end. Stop feeding your lawn during the start of September and wait to use an autumn feed in late October.

Your greenhouse will (or at least could) be looking full to the brim now with tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and peppers etc, so by the end of the month you should have removed the last of your fruit and composted the remains of the plants. If this creates vacant borders, you can sow winter lettuce, but you may find that your space is taken up by cuttings of successful summer plants like fuchsias and pelargoniums and any rooted cuttings from earlier in the year.

It’s now time to dry off your begonia bulbs to rest them for the winter and you could pot up freesia corms for a nice winter display. At this time of year  you may need to ventilate the greenhouse during sunny spells, but there is no longer a need to dampen off as the air is getting damper and the temperature dropping. This is a still busy time for Veg growers, sow lettuces, spinach and turnips and it’s time to plant out your spring cabbages.  

The usual pest problems are still prevalent too so net your brassicas to prevent bird damage and get busy stopping slugs from devastating your crops. A lot of your root crops will be ready to be dug up and stored, so it’s time to see those prize carrots, potatoes and beetroots. Top tip: always onions store in a dry bright place. Once these vegetables have been harvested, fork over and clean up the ground, ready for adding well rotted manure in late autumn to over winter.

Do general care of removing dead leaves from your crops and hoeing weeds in and around your plants helps to stop competition and pests. It’s now a great time to cut and dry your herbs ready for use during the winter, another fantastic trick is to freeze them immediately after cutting, this locks the smell and flavours in ready for use whenever.


September brings us the start of the spring bulb planting season, hundreds of varieties are available some of the most popular are daffodils, narcissi and crocuses. Lilly bulbs are ready to be planted into beds and borders and for lovers of flowers in the garden; sow hardy annuals for flowers next summer. Roses as always need looking after now, so prune your ramblers, remove any faded flower heads and start to take cuttings and root them in a sheltered spot outdoors.

Conifers and most evergreens can be moved now if you have something growing in the wrong place, but if the weather stays warm maybe leave it a few weeks until the plants are dormant. If you take cuttings from your evergreen shrubs now is the time to chop into them and get them rooting in a propagator. The last jobs in the garden now are on the fruit, you should still be harvesting your apples and pears and storing them ready for use, also damsons and plums will soon be ripe enough to pick. Pruning is essential at this time of year to remove any runners that form on our strawberries, and raspberries and loganberries should be pruned. While working with raspberries you should look to tie in the new growth to support wires increasing the stability and shape of the canes, you can cut out any blackberry canes when they have finished cropping and tie in the new ones.

That’s plenty to keep us busy but remember if you need any more advice or things explaining why not come and see us at Lymefield where there’s always someone friendly to help. Or look online or via social media. Happy Gardening!


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Everyone – Spring Bulbs are here!

Spring bulbs bring seasonal appeal to any garden.

After long depressing winters, splashes of strong colour popping up around your garden can be that lift that inspires you back into life. A little work now choosing the right plants is how to achieve that spring kick.
Here is our guide (with a few tips) to what’s best in spring bulbs at Lymefield for you to buy now.
When buying your bulbs at the garden centre, try and buy as early as possible; this gives you the pick of the vast selection available. Buying early will also allow you to choose the biggest bulbs which will produce the most flowers and you can avoid buying bulbs that have already started to sprout.
Bulbs are generally quite trouble free, but always choose the right bulb for the right spot. Most bulbs need well drained soil as they are prone to rot if they sit in wet, poorly drained soil.
If you think this is the case, improving the planting area first is a good idea to avoid disappointment. To do this, introduce well rotted organic matter (manure) and/or grit.
The right planting depth is very important with your bulbs; the common mistake is to plant them too shallow. As a general rule, plant bulbs so they are buried three times their own depth. This may seem deep, but if you have ever dug out daffodil bulbs that are 4 or 5 years old they are below a spades depth.
Whatever bulb you choose, the result of colour in your garden after a cold bleak winter always brings a smile – happy planting!

Bulbs are now in the Garden Centre – ready for planting for your spring garden!