September is the month to start your autumn clean up. Remove any old crops that have finished growing and clear away weeds. Raise the height of your grass as growth slows down.
Keep harvesting your fruit and vegetables – if you have too much produce, try freezing, drying or pickling them, this way you can enjoy them later on in the year too. Pot up some mint and parsley to use in the kitchen.
Get your compost bins going in preparation for all the fallen leaves in autumn and dead plant material that you’ll be collecting over the coming months. It is essential to replace the goodness in your soil. You can include waste from your vegetable patch. But make sure not to use any diseased plants, these should be burned or put with household waste.
Warm moist soil and rainfall are the ideal planting conditions brought to us in autumn, so now is the time to plant container grown shrubs, trees, fruit bushes and bulbs. They will grow much faster next spring if they are planted now.
With Halloween around the corner, help your pumpkins to be perfect by removing leaves of shadowing fruits and place them on a piece of wood to prevent rotting from the wet soil.