September planting guide
Spring is finally here! I don’t know about you, but it feels like spring set in earlier than normal this year. Here are some ideas on what to do around your garden this month:
General garden tidy up
- Weed your garden and flower beds
- Mulch – in spring your garden will be growing like crazy. Mulch around your plants to retain water and suppresses weed growth
- Take care of any mossy areas – apply iron of sulphate to areas that contain moss. This will kill moss and allow for grass to come through
- Tidy up flowering beds
- Clean up hanging baskets
- Prep your strawberry patch
- Divide and transplant
- Start prepping your tomato beds
- Dig in organic matter throughout your soil
- Turn over your compost, try doing it monthly to speed it up. You’ll know it’s ready when it looks like potting mix. Add a sprinkling of blood and bone to also help speed it up.
Love your lawn
Spring is the best time to “love your lawn”. To start, spray any weeds and grass that you want to clear away; once this has died off, clear the area. Apply a layer of compost to any areas that you want to fill in.
Before scattering any lawn seed make sure you’ve watered the area well. Apply a fast-growing lawn seed, once applied rake it in and keep it well watered. Don’t forget to nourish your lawn while it’s growing. For an even application of lawn, fertiliser try using Tui’s handheld spreader.
Vegetable and herb planting
September is a great time to plant vege. As the warmer months tick on, we’ll have some exciting varieties becoming available. For now, focus on prepping your tomato beds – at the moment we've got acid free, beefsteak, cherry red and more. Brandy wine tomatoes (pictured) will also be back this season instead of bloody butcher tomatoes, click here to be notified when they're available. If you're located in an area that's still experiencing frost, plant your tomatoes under cover or hold of planting until the weather warms ups. Brassicas are a must-have all year round, plant broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage.
Start thinking about salad planting, stagger your lettuce, silverbeet and spring onions so that you have a continuous supply over spring. The nursery has quite a selection of lettuce seedlings such as red, buttercrunch and cos or grab a mixed lettuce bundle.
It’s not too late to get your strawberry plants in too– in time for Christmas day lunch. Try some in hanging baskets, if you’re short on space.
Plant herbs such as coriander, rocket and sage. Sage is a great bug repellent too. So get them in before summer so that they’re well established by the time mosquitoes and sand flies make an appearance.
Who doesn’t love spring flowers? It’s the perfect time to get your swan plants in so that they’re established by the time summer rolls around. Plant flowers such as cornflower, gazanias and sweet peas. Sweet peas are the perfect climbing plant, not only do they smell delicious - they add a great pop of colour to your garden.