With summer gradually coming to an end, it’s time to start getting excited about the new season ahead and what it might bring: our first rains, an exquisite colour palette, and a chance to start thinking about where to plant those spring-flowering bulbs.
Sow these veggies in preparation for hearty winter broths: cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, onions, Swiss chard, spinach, celery, leeks, endives, parsnips, turnips and beetroot.
Sow or plant flowering seedlings like poppies, stocks, linaria, nemesia, viola, calendula, snapdragons, cornflowers, foxgloves, lupins, dianthus, nasturtiums, asters, larkspurs and pansies.
Plant leafy herbs like chives, sorrel, rocket, watercress, basil, dill, parsley and chicory.
Feed citrus trees with 3:1:5 to encourage fruit development.
Deadhead roses and feed with a handful of rose food each to encourage another flush of flowers.
Keep azaleas and camellias well-mulched and watered as best as possible within our very dry circumstances (grey water is a very viable alternative water source). Treat yellow foliage with iron chelate and feed each bush with a tablespoon of Epsom salts.
Stock up on general fertiliser for the whole garden. Wait until the first autumn rains and then give your entire garden a good feed
Prune and Divide:
Prune summer-flowering plants like pelargoniums, lavender, abelia, weigela, daisies, heliotrope and salvia.
Prune all evergreen trees, except those that bear flowers and berries in spring.
Divide and replant agapanthus, irises, daylilies and arum lilies
Grow your own:
Bright lights spinach is a ‘fool-proof’ option for beginner veggie gardeners. It’s easy to grow, loves full sun but will tolerate shade, and creates a marvellous eruption of pink, yellow and green in your garden! Leaves can be used in salads, and stems work well as an asparagus substitute.