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Lowdham Lane   Woodborough   Nottingham   NG14 6DN
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Autumn is Planting Season

It’s always sad to see the swallows gathering on the overhead lines, readying themselves to fly south for winter and marking the end of our summer. September can be a beautiful month though and with the spring bulbs in stock, ‘Christmas’ seed potatoes, a selection of veg plants, autumn bedding and new season roses (available later in the month), there are plenty of reasons to get out into your garden.  After all, autumn is the best time of year to plant hardy shrubs and trees as they can get established through the wetter months.

Inside the garden centre we start to become preoccupied with the Christmas displays, much to the dismay of many of our customers which is entirely understandable; September can often feel more like an extension of summer rather than the beginning of autumn. It is a mammoth job however which takes several weeks to complete and this year in particular, after committing to our Christmas orders early in February (before we had any idea of what was coming) and wary of potential winter lockdowns, we are keen to get on with it. With the shop experiencing it’s seasonal change-around, please do ask if you can’t find what you’re looking for. As always, we look forward to seeing you through the next season, wish you all good health and may your gardening endeavours be ever fruitful!

Sophie, Greg & the Timmermans Team x

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Your Garden in September

The shorter days are now noticeable, and as we sweep away the debris of the final gales and rain of a hotchpotch of an August, attention turns to autumn proper. And that is a busy time for new and experienced gardeners alike.

Vegetables: you will be flat out picking, harvesting and reaping the rewards of all your efforts over the growing year. Pinch or nip out the tops of tomatoes to allow all energy to ripen the little fruits on the plants. Anything starting to form now will never ripen. Courgettes need picking and carrots are always sweeter if picked when younger and not allowed to turn into monsters. Make a daily check for any leaves that might be looking tatty and pick off. Caulis, cabbages and cabbages are usual culprits. It will reduce problems of fungal diseases later and next year. And net over anything that the pigeons take a fancy to – if you don’t net it, you won’t get it.

Hanging baskets and containers: they do start to look thinner in September so bulk them out by taking any of the dead bedding plants out and replacing with something sparkly and new. Cyclamen love a basket, and chrysanthemums, grown in the shape of spheres, are perfect for rejuvenating the look of your garden displays. They will last well into winter and beyond if the weather is kind.

Flowers: nip off any dead flowers on dahlias to keep plants producing more blooms. And pick blooms early in the morning for a superb long lasting display for your house. Later in the month is a great time to plant new herbaceous plants. The soil is warm, moist and the roots get growing before winter. This gets next spring off to an absolute flyer. There’s always a great choice in autumn before the mad rush to garden in spring. Get smart, beat the queues and get planting.

Camellias: 2021 flower buds are forming on your camellias right now and it’s important they don’t run short of water. Don’t waterlog them, but if the weather does turn dry keep up with the watering. You will happy with the results next April.

Lawns: put any high nitrogen fertilisers away for the year. If applied, they only produce a lush ‘soft’ lawn that is prone to fungal attacks (and is hard to cut in a wet autumn) However, do keep cutting your lawn if it is growing actively. If your lawn is looking peaky and still needs some help, look for a lawn fertiliser formulated for autumn application. These fertiliser mixes, low in nitrogen but high in phosphates and potash, encourage stronger root growth = a longer term better lawn. When you get the roots growing well the rest follows suit.

Bulbs: get in early and grab the best choice of bulbs. Even if you don’t plant them (tulips for example are best planted later but can be bought now and stored in your shed or garage) you will get the chance to choose which pack or bulb you want. With a little planning you can have blooms from January with your early daffs right through to May. Prepacked bulbs make it easy to choose and loose bulbs often give you more unusual varieties to grow. Get in ASAP for the best choice as they always sell out fast. Flowering times are always on the bulb packs or display boards. And don’t forget your glasses when out shopping.

Seeds: leave your sunflowers to produce mature seeds – the birds will love them. Same goes for most of your annual plants in the borders. And start planning what to sow in the next couple of weeks (poppies, hardy annuals, broad beans and spinach to name just a few) and even get yourself sorted for next year.

Bits and bobs: diminishing day length may get you down but it is a chance to sort out lighting in your garden. Go big and install electricity in the garden or go simple and get yourself a few solar lights to lighten up seating areas, patios or particular plants. Whatever you do in the garden take time to stop and enjoy what is on offer. There are so many plants in bloom, veg to eat and sounds to enjoy. And it’s easier to sleep at night now it’s a little cooler.