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.