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Wednesday 1 September 2021

This Month in Your Garden - September

"Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures..." - Henry David Thoreau 

There is a certain change of light in early autumn that complements shades of red, burgundy and orange russets. They draw the eye and appear nearer, while cool colours give a more distant, calming effect. Annuals and bedding plants give you an endless palette of colours to work with. But as summer fades into autumn, we edge nearer to the first frosts when tender perennials are at risk. 

The Lawncare Guide - September

The lawn in winter 

There's plenty you can be doing now to give the lawn the best protection over the winter months. Scarifying and aeration are the priorities. Existing lawns will benefit from scarification to lift out dead grass, moss and thatch, using a scarifier attachment on the garden tractor or a walk-behind scarifier. Cut the lawn quite short to begin with and work the scarifier first in one direction and then across the first pass. 

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. What are the sowing rates for a new lawn? 

The Vegetable Plot - September

Lift and store

All manner of squashes, marrow, pumpkins need proper seasoning before storing them indoors. They should be cut when they are full size and good in colour when they can be laid out in the sunshine for a couple of weeks to harden. 

You can then store them indoors in a frost-free place. If you planted maincrop onions and they are starting to turn yellow at the tips, you can prepare them for lifting by digging a fork under the bulbs, lifting them slightly without breaking the roots. This will loosen them enough for ripening and harvesting later. 

The Big Glut - September

Marrow curry

A vegetarian dish to serve 6 as a spicy side for roast chicken or lamb, from BBC Good Food.


  • 1 marrow, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • juice ½ lemon
  • small pack coriander, roughly chopped