WHAT TO DO IN THE GAR­DEN THIS MONTH

Gar­den­ing ex­pert Mered­ith Kir­ton shares her must-do gar­den­ing list for Septem­ber.

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PLANT NOW

Start plant­ing sum­mer veg­etable crops such as tomato, beans, eg­g­plant, cap­sicum, zuc­chini and cu­cum­ber. It’s also time to plant corn; you could try the Na­tive Amer­i­can “three sis­ters” method where corn, beans and squash are all grown to­gether in the same patch as com­pan­ion plants.

HAR­VEST

Peas, broad beans and straw­ber­ries are some of spring’s tasty har­vests. If you have a glut of peas, blanch them in hot wa­ter, then plunge them into iced wa­ter be­fore drain­ing and freez­ing. Do the same with broad beans, but peel shells off be­fore freez­ing. Eat straw­ber­ries fresh, freeze on bak­ing pa­per and bag or make jam or syrup for a sweet treat.

SEPTEM­BER IS THE MONTH

to en­joy the gar­den. Cut flow­ers for the house, or buy some if you don’t have a gar­den! Re­pot your in­door plants and pre­pare for sum­mer by look­ing af­ter your grass, and plant­ing seedlings for

Christ­mas colour. Pull those weeds out as soon as you see them as they can quickly take over in spring.

Cu­cum­ber Beans

Cap­sicum Zuc­chini

Eg­g­plant

Toma­toes

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