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September.
FLOWERS
1. Sow hardy annuals, such as cerinthes, ammi, scabiosa and cornflowers, for flowers early next summer
2. Lift gladioli corms, dry them off, then store in a frost-free shed or garage over winter
3. Plant wallflowers, pansies, forget-me-nots and other spring bedding in pots and borders
4. Collect ripe seeds from your favourite flowers and store in labelled envelopes, ready to sow in spring
5. Plant up containers for autumn interest, using cyclamen, heathers, heucheras and other colourful bedding plants
6. Bring any houseplants that you moved outside over summer back indoors, before temperatures start to drop
7. Lift, divide and replant congested clumps of perennials, such as achilleas, once they finish flowering
8. Apply vine weevil control to pots if plants show the tell-tale sign of notched leaf margins
9. Fill any gaps with late-flowering perennials, such as sedums, to provide nectar for pollinating insects into autumn
10. Plant spring bulbs, including crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, bluebells and snake's-head fritillaries in pots and borders
11. Take cuttings from fuchsias, salvias and pelargoniums
12. Keep summer bedding flowering in hanging baskets and pots until the first frosts by deadheading and feeding regularly
13. Trim conifer hedges to neaten them up and control height
14. Leave sunflower seedheads in place for birds to feed on
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FRUITS & VEGETABLES
1. Sow hardy greens, such as kale, land cress, pak choi, mizuna, lamb's lettuce and mustard, for winter pickings
2. Prune out all the fruited canes of summer raspberries, cutting down to the base, and tie in new canes to supports
3. Pot up herbs, such as chives and parsley, and place on a sunny windowsill to use during winter
4. Start sowing hardy varieties of broad beans and peas for early crops next year
5. Plant onion and shallot sets in a sunny spot, 10cm apart, with the tip just showing above the soil
6. Cut away any leaves covering the fruits of pumpkins, squash and marrows to help the skins ripen in the sun
7. Plant saffron crocus bulbs (Crocus sativus), so you can harvest your own saffron this autumn
8. Pick apples and pears before the wind blows them down, and store undamaged fruits if you can't eat them fresh
9. Store chillies by threading the stalks onto strong cotton or wire and hanging up to dry somewhere warm and dry
10. Cut off trusses of unripe outdoor tomatoes before the weather turns cold, then ripen them indoors
11. Lift maincrop potatoes, dry off and store in hessian or paper sacks, in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place
12. Complete summer pruning of both free-standing and trained apple trees, to encourage good fruiting in future years
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IN THE GREENHOUSE
1. Plant prepared hyacinth bulbs in pots or hyacinth glasses, for fragrant indoor flowers at Christmas
2. Take down greenhouse shade netting or wash off shading paint by the end of the month, as light levels start to fall
3. Stay vigilant for pests and diseases in the greenhouse, and treat any you find immediately
4. Plant dwarf spring bulbs in pots, including irises, crocuses, chionodoxa and scilla, for early flowers
5. Pot up tender perennials, such as fuchsias and osteospermum, from summer displays and bring indoors before temperatures drop
6. Repot moth orchids after flowering if they look like they're about to burst out of their pot
7. Water houseplants less frequently and move them off particularly cold windowsills at night
8. Plant hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs in pots for spectacular flowers over the festive season
9. Plant Anemone De Caen corms for a vibrant indoor display in early spring
10. Pay close attention to greenhouse ventilation, shutting vents on cool nights
11. Check greenhouse heaters are in good working order
12. Maintain good plant hygiene, picking off faded blooms and dead leaves before fungal diseases can take hold
13. Look out for forecasts of early frosts and be ready to bring tender potted plants under cover
14. Move potted peaches and nectarines into a cool greenhouse or porch
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AROUND THE GARDEN
1. Rake thatch from lawns, aerate well-trodden areas by spiking with a garden fork, and re-seed bare patches
2. Put netting across ponds to stop autumn leaves falling in and rotting
3. Water autumn-flowering asters regularly to deter mildew
4. Clean out water butts and check downpipe fittings in preparation for autumn rains
5. Remove duckweed, pondweed and algae from water features and ponds
6. Check that tree ties and plant supports are firmly in place, ahead of any autumn gales
7. Wash and disinfect bird feeders and tables to maintain hygiene
8. Collect fallen leaves to store in a chicken-wire cage or bin bags to make leafmould
9. Hunt for rosemary beetles on lavender and rosemary, picking off the striped metallic beetles and their grey larvae
10. Collect up and bin apples, plums and pears infected with brown rot, to reduce the spread of this fungal disease
11. Order bare-root fruit trees to plant later in autumn or winter
12. Check roses for signs of fungal diseases, such as blackspot, and pick off and bin all affected leaves
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