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Sweet pea lovers, it’s time to make your se­lec­tion of va­ri­eties for next year. They’re best sown from late Septem­ber through early Oc­to­ber to get a head start for next spring.

Septem­ber starts this week and light lev­els are be­gin­ning to drop. House plants will start to re­quire less wa­ter­ing and feed­ing from now on.

As growth de­creases, heighten the blade on your lawn mower. Re­seed any worn patches.

Con­sider sow­ing hardy an­nu­als for next year. The ben­e­fit of sow­ing now or early au­tumn will be an ear­lier dis­play next spring. This ap­proach won’t be suit­able for half-hardy or ten­der an­nu­als and even your hardy sow­ings may need a lit­tle bit of pro­tec­tion in a very harsh win­ter. Suit­able can­di­dates in­clude lu­naria (hon­esty), pop­pies, nigella (love-in-a-mist) and corn­flow­ers.

Treat any vine wee­vil in­fec­tion with ne­ma­todes – a treat­ment that works most ef­fec­tively while the soil is still warm.

Pur­chase your nar­cissi Paper­whites for the pur­pose of forc­ing in­doors in time for Christ­mas.

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