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What To Plant In September

With September just around the corner, gardeners the UK over can start thinking about how they’re going to ensure their outdoor spaces continue to look beautiful through the autumn and into winter – and the good news is that there’s a lot that can be planted at this time of year, even as the weather cools down a little.

Now’s the time to sow your vegetables for overwintering so they can mature come spring next year, including spinach and turnip, as well as onion sets. If you sowed any spring cabbages indoors over the last few weeks, you can start thinking of planting them out now, as well. Just make sure you cover your spinach with fleece from October to keep it happy.

And you can still sow your salad crops to harvest over the next couple of weeks, making sure to do so in a sheltered area of the garden or in containers. Mizuna, mibuna, winter salad and mustard leaf will all do well at this time of year.

You can also sow broad beans over the autumn months so that your plants can establish themselves over the winter period and deliver you tasty crops early in the spring. But, again, make sure you protect them with fleece during snow or hard frosts.

As for flowers, you can still do lots of direct sowing outdoors, such as California poppies, which will look beautiful come the spring. Love-in-a-mist is also a happy plant while overwintering and you can leave it to self-seed, so you don’t have to worry about that, either. And delphinium seed can be sown this month for stunning flowers in the summer.


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