Things to do this month
Things to do in the Garden in September
In the vegetable garden – Sow seeds of Radish, Snow Peas & Peas, Beans, Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips and Beetroot. Plant seedlings of Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Onions, Shallots and Silverbeet. Plant potatoes. Sow Beans, Carrots and Parsnips toward the end of the month as the soil warms. Include a dressing of general fertiliser (Neutrog’s Giganic is ideal) at planting time and lime if it was not applied in winter. Apply Slug & snail bait. Hoe weeds regularly. Provide support for Broad Beans. Apply Mulch & fertiliser to Strawberry beds and Rhubarb.
In the flower garden – Plant seedlings of Pansies, Violas, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins, Madeira Daisies, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome. Most of the above are also available as potted colour. Provide support for Sweet Peas. Plant seedlings of Dianthus, Petunias and the whole range of summer flowers that become available later this month. Apply fertiliser to Camellias (Kahoona) and Roses (Sudden Impact). Use specific fertilisers with low phosphorus for Natives. Bush Tucker from Neutrog is giving great results. Watch for aphids and Blackspot on Roses and treat as necessary.
Lawns – Apply fertiliser. Control weeds with a broad leaf lawn weeder. Mow regularly. Check sprinkler systems. Ants often colonise them during the winter months.
Fruit trees – Prune Apple Trees. Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds. Spray Nectarines and Peaches for “Curly Leaf” just before flowering. Apply Citrus & Fruit Tree fertiliser (Giganic) to all fruit trees and strawberries (Rapid Raiser). Protect Strawberries with suitable netting and apply slug bait to protect fruit as it ripens. Watch for Black Aphid on Plums, Nectarines and Peaches. If spraying is necessary for aphid control, only spray in the early morning or late evening when bees are not around.