Early September has arrived and those with a whimsical slant may feel the
slightest whoosh as garden fairies flutter by lightly waving their magical wands at sleepy buds, gently tempting them to open and present their beauty. There is so much behind the scenes and beneath the soil action going on right now that even a heavyweight like Quentin Tarantino or Steven Spielberg may hesitate to take on the direction of this show we call Springtime!
Soon drab lawns will perk up too. Be sure to keep the grass well watered and drop the mower slightly for your first cut. If you have not yet applied fertiliser contact your nearby nursery for their recommendations and remember to water copiously to prevent burning. Those blossoming fruit trees adorning your recovering lawn will soon need spraying and you can thin out the fruit to leave more room for growth and airflow. There are a wide variety of organic options and although somewhat pricey you can view these purchases as an investment it the wellbeing of future generations. Be cautious when using so-called 'home remedies', some of these date back to a time when eco awareness did not exist and can be extremely harsh. Investigate thoroughly before you choose, you could even ask your local pharmacist for advice.
More and more households are growing their own herbs and veggies since it is health wise and with careful planning more affordable. You can happily plant dill, coriander and rocket now. Perennial herbs like thyme, lemon grass, salvia, lavender and basil can be cut back hard in September. Oreganum, mint, chives and violets divide happily now. All of these will thrive with good watering, compost and a foliar feed. The vegetable seeds of beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, onion, peppers, pumpkin, radish, spinach, squash, tomato and turnip can be sown.
Colour bags are on special at Ronnoco Nursery this months. Bulbs for Summer should be in the ground soon. Roses will respond to a regular feeding programme and water as the temperatures increase. Those browned off shrubs who were frosted can be trimmed back as the threat of more frost has hopefully gone. Enthusaistic hydrangeas may need to be kept in shape with the removal of insubstantial weak growth, then water and mulch. Enjoy more colour in your garden by planting seeds of alyssum, antirrhinum, aster, begonia, candytuft, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, gaillardia, gloriosa daisy, godetia, gypsophila, helichrysum, lavatera, lobelia, marigold, nasturtium, nicotiana, penstemon, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, torenia, verbena, vinca and zinnia.
Gardening is a healthy and highly rewarding pursuit that the entire family can get involved in. We know Hilton is full of avid garden gnomes and if you are one of them we'd love to hear about your special successes. You are also most welcome to share your photographs in the Gallery.
Submitted by: Lili Umrosanut