“September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn.”
~ Rowland E. Robinson, Vermont
If summer colour is all about gentle cooling pastels, then September brings vibrant fire to our gardens. Dahlias will be showing off this month, flanked by asters, rudbeckias and heleniums. Whereas many plants struggled in the heat of our wonderful summer, September’s dews and mists will refresh and revive. Traditionally, September was when we started “putting our gardens to bed” but holdfast. There’s sure to be some lovely warm sun to enjoy and the wildlife will enjoy a less than the tidy garden. Just start to think about moving the more tender plants and buy in some fleece.
So, June and July weren’t like the hot summer we hoped for, but at the end of August, the sun made an appearance. I wonder what September has in store? Certainly, we could do with some sunshine and warmth to ripen those tomatoes, chillies and peppers. We hope you’ve enjoyed browsing and ordering from our Bulb catalogue. Packed not only with spring-flowering bulbs but also winter bedding, perennials and vegetable plants. If you haven’t got around to placing your order yet, then don’t worry. We may have sold out of some of the items but there’s still plenty left, both for ordering and for planting. Choose your Spring Bulbs here!
September is an exciting month for all of us here at Dobies. It is RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we have NEW seeds for 2022, our September catalogue is coming and it is a great time to get the plot up and running for next year.
Quick Tips: How to Repair Your Lawn
This wasn’t a particularly sunny summer in most places of the UK but there is every chance your lawn may have still been transformed from a lush green colour to a dull, dry brown. Any recent or upcoming rain will certainly help your lawn to recover but with a little extra TLC, you can easily restore it to its former glory. There is much more to your lawn than the green blades you see on the surface and what happens beneath the surface is incredibly important. Indeed, there are millions of micro-organisms beneath your lawn that are essential to healthy growth.
With this in mind, here are our top 5 tips for reviving and restoring your lawn:
- Irrigate your lawn thoroughly every one to two weeks. This is far more effective than more regular, smaller applications of water.
- Use a Lawn Recovery such as Viano RHS Recovery to nourish the micro-organisms beneath your lawn. They will break down the feed and transfer nourishment straight to the grass roots.
- Aerate your lawn to ensure that water and nutrients can reach the all important root structure. This is especially important if your lawn has developed ‘thatch’ or moss during any recent dry spells. Aeration will help the roots grow deeply to produce a stronger, lusher lawn surface.
- Don’t leave it until spring – The advice of many professional Groundsmen or Greenkeepers is to start early if you want a good lawn the following year. Think of treating your lawn in September as ‘autumn training’ to ensure peak condition next Spring.
- Only rake or scarify when your lawn is growing healthily. Removing thatch and moss is essential to a healthy lawn. However, if it is not growing well before you rake or scarify then it could result in a very patchy lawn surface.
The worry of how much to water, feed and deadhead comes to an end this month but there are plenty of jobs to take their place. Our top ten recommended tasks in our September Newsletter include:
- On a warm dry day harvest some herbs, such as mint, thyme and oregano and hang them indoors to dry for winter cooking.
- Continue to harvest tomatoes, chillies, peppers, aubergines and beans. Now is the time for making pickles and chutneys. Or perhaps dry them in the oven and store in oil?
- Lift your main crop potatoes and carrots, taking care not to slice or damage them. Don’t leave any tiny potatoes behind as they may harbour disease for next year.
- Onion sets, Shallots and Garlic can all be planted from now until mid-November.
- Asparagus fronds will turn brown this month so cut them down and then apply a mulch.
- Hardy annuals including sweet peas can be sown now. Protect over winter and your reward will be strong, early flowering plants next summer.
- Order and plant spring bulbs, there’s always room for a few more! Consider planting in an area where the bulbs can be left to naturalise. Remember that the planting hole needs to be roughly three times the height of the bulb.
- Now is the time to start moving houseplants back indoors. They’ll have enjoyed being outside during the summer but as the nights start to cool down, they need to come in. First check the posts for pests, unless you want slugs and snails leaving glistening trails across your floors!
- It’s time to repair your lawn! Feed and improve your soil by sowing green manure on any bare patches of garden!
- Give your greenhouse a good clean, inside and out and remove any shading. Over the coming months your plants will need the maximum amount of light.
Our September Catalgue Arrives this Month!
September Flowers to Sow
September is a busy month for seed sowing, starting off next year’s flowering stars in beds outdoors or under glass. Calendula, larkspur, nigella and poppy seeds are all good to go outside now, and cyclamen, pelargonium and schizanthus seeds will be happy in your greenhouse, and sweet peas will be fine under a cold frame.
Regretfully, many candytuft mixtures have regressed to being almost lilac and white through lack of selection, Candycane however has been re-selected to bring back all the old interesting colours including deep rose, purple and pink.
An easy to grow, fast-growing annual.
Height 25-30cm (10-12″). HA – Hardy annual.
Commonly known as ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’, ‘Dara’ produces a delicately attractive plant that will re-bloom for months, giving you attractive flowers which will open white, change to soft pink and finally change to rich red/purple.
Sow March-April outdoors for flowers June-September. Can be sown August-September for flowers the following year.
Height 60-70cm (24-28″).
New Flower Seed – September Newsletter
This next generation of Busy lizzies is here, with this shade-loving, disease-resistant variety. These stunning and complimentary blooms are guaranteed to flourish in any garden, with incredible resistance to downy mildew, these stunning flowers are perfect come rain or shine, in sun or shade. Perfect for baskets, pots, window boxes, and containers – these impatiens will provide you with colour all throughout the summer months, as an economical way to fill your pots.
September Veg to Sow
September is the time to sow seeds for the vegetables that will grow in your garden during the colder winter months. Good options are spring onions for the next spring, plus winter lettuces, radish and some early broccoli, all to pick early in the new year.
An excellent round-leaved, mid-green variety with distinctive bright red stems and leaf veins, ideal for use as baby leaves, when the leaves have a buttery tenderness and a mild, sweet flavour.
An ideal summer or winter variety, it is best suited to spring and autumn sowings.
It’s mildew-resistant and frost-tolerant!
New Veg Seed – September Newsletter
Elongated red cabbage like a rugby ball, up to 2KG in weight. Romanov F1 is a very tender and sweet-tasting cabbage. Ideal for salads and slaw, a real summer cabbage; also very good for pickling and braising with apple and red wine for Christmas. Good holding ability without splitting. Sow late Feb-May, harvest Jul-Dec, can also be overwintered for an earlier harvest if sown in Oct.
Wondering What Needs Harvesting On the Vegetable Garden?
Our September Newsletter features a ton of veg to enjoy from plot to plate!
Offers This Month – September Newsletter
Social Posts of the Month #dobiesgardening
We like to share what everyone has been up to each month on the plot with the Dobies community. In this month’s September Newsletterwe saw tomato haul’s, cream spaghetti, Roderick F1 cabbage’s, strulch mulch and blooming sunflowers!
Below are our top 5 social posts of the previous month and if you would like the chance to be featured in next month’s newsletter, all you need to do is tag us and use the hashtag #dobiesgardening.
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New Seeds for 2022!
Dobies new seeds for 2022 includes new additions to our flower seed range and of course, Rob Smith Vegetables! Read our September Newsletter to find out more.
New Flower Seeds for 2022!
Dobies’ 2022 flower seeds contain new and exciting varieties of cottage garden favourites, must-have annuals and the pick of perennials. From colourful edibles to improved customer favourite varieties, you’ll discover wonderful new flowers to grow from seed. Dobies has been supplying only the best new flower seeds direct to gardeners since 1894. Our 2022 range contains new and exciting varieties to deliver colour and interest while keeping wildlife happy too!
From traditional favourites to budget bedding, we have all you need to keep flower beds and borders, pots and baskets, spilling over with long-lasting blooms.
New Rob Smith Veg Seeds for 2022!
Dobies brings you five fantastic new veg seed varieties in the Rob Smith range for 2022 in our September Newsletter. Rob wants you to grow your own produce and get the best from your garden and all of Rob’s varieties are great for growing on the allotment, in the garden and in containers. New for 2022 is the perfect early cropping Cauliflower for making Cauliflower cheese, 3-in-1 crop Onions for busy gardeners, quick growing Broccoli, an extremely productive Courgette, plus the Dwarf French Bean that’s perfect for the UK climate!
Cauliflower this good is perfect cooked whole!
Fill the hungry gap with this early cropping Cauliflower that makes the ultimate Cauliflower cheese!
A modern Cauliflower for modern times, due to its breeding you spend less time faffing with this one on the plot, easy to grow with an open habit means no time covering the curds to keep them white, less time fighting off slugs and snails and you know just when to pick it to enjoy its very good nutty flavour.
Autumn & Winter Bedding
Who says your garden can’t look spectacular all year round? Our selection of autumn and winter bedding makes it easy to create displays that keep your garden colourful after summer. Whether you’re after colourful borders or beds to be proud of, we’ve selected our favourite varieties in a whole range of colours. And remember, early planting means stronger roots and more prolific flowering! So, all that’s left to do is choose your perfect plants and start planning your winter wonderland.
Planting Onion Sets
Sets are small immature onions that, given time, will increase in size to form full-sized onions. Autumn is the perfect time for planting onion sets, the soil is still warm and the result will be an early supply of onions next year. Planting them in September/October will mean they will be mature in early to mid-summer, roughly 4 weeks before those planted in spring.
- Your onion sets will grow best in well-drained fertile soil, in a sunny position. They don’t like too much nitrogen so any manure needs to be applied a few weeks prior to planting.
- Plant the sets in shallow drills, leaving their necks just above the surface of the soil. Space the sets 10cm apart, leaving 30cm between each row. Keep the area weed-free and only water sparingly when dry. No feed is necessary.
- Birds can be a nuisance in that they will pull the sets up searching for food so it’s best to cover the sets with fleece or netting.
- You’ll be harvesting these onions just as your stored ones are running out!
Summer might be coming to a close but the jobs on the plot don’t stop! We hope our September Newsletter gives you plenty to get busy with and if you have enjoyed reading, please come back next month and check out our October Newsletter. If you have any growing antics on your social media pages, please share with us to feature on our next newsletter!
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