WHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN THIS MONTH
Gardening expert Meredith Kirton shares her must-do gardening list for September.
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.
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.