All Muck and Magic - September 2019

September is one of my favourite months for working in the Muck and Magic garden. The weather is usually pretty good and although summer may be coming to a close early autumn is a beautiful time of the year to be busy in the garden. There are lots of jobs to be getting on with and some pre planning needed for later in the season.

Most important of all at the moment is the challenge of keeping those baskets, boxes and tubs in tip top condition for as long as possible. Watering is more important now than ever as  plants will be competing with one another for precious resources, so try to keep up with the daily routine of watering, dead heading and feeding as long as you can. Any raspberry canes which have produced fruit this summer can be pruned to ground level  now and the new shoots tied in. However, if you are lucky enough to have raspberries fruiting now leave the pruning until February when all the canes can be cut down.

If you have large clumps of perennials which need splitting September and October are the perfect time to do this while the soil is still warm and new roots can be established. But remember that the soil does need to be a bit more moist than it is at the moment so play the waiting game if dividing plants is on your to do list.

This is the perfect time of the year to take cuttings from your plants to bulk up stock for next year. If you are keen to save some money and are working on a budget in your garden, what better way to replenish stocks of geraniums, Pelargoniums, fuchsias, salvias, penstemons, hebes and many others. Don’t worry if you are not very confident - just have a go and surprise yourself with how many new plants you can propagate. Don’t forget to keep  watering your rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias now and well into autumn. This is the time of the year when flower buds are forming for next spring and water is crucial if you want a magnificent display next season.

It’s also time to think about planting spring flowering bulbs now. Daffodils and crocus can go in late September and early October but leave tulips until November. Finally, at risk of mentioning the festive season in September, do you fancy having your own home grown spuds for lunch on December 25th? If so, get planting now into bags and large pots in the greenhouse and dinner will taste a treat in 3 months time.

Muck and Magic Garden Club returns after the summer break and our first meeting will be on Monday September 9th when Stella Exley from Hare Spring Cottage Nursery will be talking about her work with plant designer Chris Beardshaw. Meeting starts at 7pm. All welcome. Scarborough Horticultural Society will be staging their early autumn show on September 7th and 8th at Crossgates Community Centre and Yorkshire Pelargonium Club will be meeting on Sunday September 22nd at Seamer Memorial Hall beginning at 2pm. All welcome.

Happy Gardening!