Gar­den di­ary

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

In the gar­den in Septem­ber

• Feed ev­ery­thing, ev­ery­where. Use com­post, ma­nures, blood and bone, lime, dig in cover crops, and add hu­mic mat­ter such as rot­ten hay or straw. Well-nour­ished plants will be strong in their growth and health.

• Or­gan­ise stakes and ties to sup­port soft new growth in the com­ing spring winds.

• Trim spring-flow­er­ing shrubs as they fin­ish, eg hebes, lu­cu­lia, daphne, kowhai, fuch­sia etc.

• Sow or plant out an­nu­als for late spring and sum­mer colour.

• In the veg­etable gar­den, make reg­u­lar sow­ings of peas, let­tuce, mizuna, pars­ley, dill, co­rian­der, spinach and sil­ver beet.

• Sow early car­rots and parsnips. • Place your seed trays in a warm spot and sow toma­toes, pep­pers, aubergine, zuc­chini, corn, pump­kin, chilies and any­thing else that is a long-grow­ing heat lover.

• Plant out onions and mulch them as part of the process.

• Let rocket plants flower, add the flow­ers to sal­ads, and save seed for the next sow­ing.

Mizuna.

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