The Garden in September: Autumn Knocks Quietly
Late summer is slowly giving way, even though it usually gives us warm days in September. There is a lot of work for hobby gardeners.
The fruit harvest is in high season: apples, pears and late plums ripen almost simultaneously. Rotting fruits - whether on the tree or as fall fruit - are potential sources of disease, so get away quickly! Strongly growing fruit trees get a final cut: remove all shoots over 60 centimeters with a sharp pruning shears. Also in the vegetable garden, there are plenty of edible crops, including potatoes, pumpkins, endive salad. Important: Cut out the inflorescence of zucchini, tomatoes and cucumbers. In this way, the plants invest their remaining power reserves in the formation of new fruits. Some September nights are pretty frosty; Sensitive vegetables are grateful for light protection.
Sowing and Planting
Anyone who wants to plant new fruit trees, ornamental shrubs or berry bushes can take advantage of it all autumn. But: There must be no ground frost. For a first harvest in autumn seeds of spoonflour, spinach and lamb's lettuce should be sown no later than mid-month. A distance of 20 centimeters must be strictly observed, so that the plants develop well. For the ornamental garden, there is already a good selection of spring onions, with Madonna lilies also come into the ground until mid-September. Do not forget to pick up the onions of freesia and gladioli from the ground. They hibernate dry in a protected, frost-free place and may garden in the next May.
Unless already done in August, it's high time to prepare the lawn for the winter: scarify, loosen, fertilize To repair bald spots with new seed, pluck out weeds. The first autumn leaves are regularly removed from the lawn, and then there are no rotting areas underneath.
The last young birds have flown out. The best time to thoroughly clean the nest boxes. So mites or fleas have no chance to infect future subtenants. This work should be discontinued later in autumn: Protected animals such as bats or bumblebees like to spend the winter in such boxes, they need rest. In addition, it is important to pay attention to the potted plants: many species tolerate no frost, they spend the night in the house in great cold. What else is there to do? Mix full compost containers, work in shredded clippings and put the compost to work next year. Who wants to create winter quarters for hedgehogs, sets up at the latest now suitable shelters in a sheltered place.