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September

Monthly Gardening Checklist - September

Plant now

 

It’s finally time to spring into action. Life has once again emerged from the damp and bitterly mild winter. The garden is again ready for planting, and it’s best to get in quick before the weeds take off. 

 

VEGETABLES & FRUIT

SEED SOWING

Seed sowing Sow Carrots and Parsnip seeds directly into weed-free beds. 
Sow Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cucumber, Basil, and Capsicum seeds into seedling trays. 
 

PLANT NOW

Grafted Tomato and basil (choose a warm spot to keep them safe). Potatoes- make sure they’re starting to sprout. Seedlings of Coriander, Parsley, and Silverbeet.

FRUIT

Fruit trees

Plant deciduous fruit trees (Plums, Peaches, Apples, Pears) and Citrus trees now to get them settled in before summer.

Berries

Grow delicious berries in your backyard! Plant Strawberries now to ensure you have some fruit by Christmas.
Blueberries fruit better if you plant 2 varieties (for pollination) and prefer acidic soil rich in organic matter (compost, sheep pellets).

 

TREES & SHRUBS

Roses

Get them in quick to ensure they get settled before summer. Plant in full sun, and mix in sheep pellets and feed with Kings Slow Release Rose food.

Hydrangeas  

They’re still small but they’ll soon start to look stunning. Several varieties are now in, with more to follow over the next few months

Also now in season: 

Choisya, Gardenia, Mandevilla, Hybrid Clematis, & Fuchsias. 

 

FLOWERS & PERENNIALS

Potted Colour

Add a delightful dash of instant colour. There are heaps of flowers to choose from, including Petunias, Marigolds, and Snapdragons. 

Perennials

There are loads of  gorgeous long flowering perennials now in. But for something really special, check out the Proven Winner’s Range, which includes some stunning, easycare Petunias, Calibrachoa, and Nemesia. 

Plant of the month


Lavender - Great easy care plant both for us and the bees! 

 

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VEGGIE GARDEN

Keep on top of weeds in beds that have already been planted. Prepare new beds and improve your soil by forking the soil and adding Kings Compost, Kings Sheep Pellets and Nature’s Organic Fertiliser.

ROSES & FRUIT TREES

Feed citrus trees with Kings Slow Release Citrus Food, or for an organic option liquid feed with Aqauticus Garden Booster. 
Keep an eye out for codling moths and guava moths. They both lay their eggs on young fruit, which then hatch out burrow and spoil your fruit. Monitor numbers with indicator traps. For more info visit our Plant Doctor Site 

LAWNS

Lawns Sow grass seed now to create new lawns or repair existing ones. When fertilising recently sown lawn, be careful to use a fertiliser that won’t damage the new grass seedlings, such as Burnet’s Ezy Start..

TREES & SHRUBS

Mulch around trees with Living Earth More Than Mulch. Feed the whole garden with Kings Garden Booster or for a natural option, Kings Ocean Grow Fertiliser.

 

essentials

Potted Colour

Instantly add splashes of colour, great range of flowers to choose from.

SUPER PUNNETS

Start planting your summer and salad veggies now. Don’t forget to protect them from slugs!

KINGS ORGANIC COMPOST

Auckland’s best value compost. Mix in before planting to create healthy soil and healthy plants.