Greenfingers - September 2019

The crab apple tree is bowed down almost to the grass with the weight of fruit, and it’s never looked so voluptuous, with its ripe, pink, chunky apples. I can eat only so much crab apple jelly, so the search is on for new recipes.

The sweet peas have also been excellent this year, giving us and the neigh- bours some beautiful blushes of fragrance. I do feed and water them regularly, and remove many side shoots and any old flower heads. I’ve also finally pruned back the vines, which had become very overgrown.

The main flower bed has also become somewhat overgrown during the summer, partly through us being away, so not keeping on top of dead-heading and cutting back, and partly because the plants have become too large, and are competing for space and light. Over the next month or two, many of these will be lifted, split and re-sited. The pond will also need attention this autumn, as the lilies are tending to completely cover the surface. Always a challenging task, as the roots become entangled in a single mass making it difficult to remove. Autumn is a time to enjoy the variety of fungi that may be around, though this bracket fungus photo was taken in April.

Harvest the products of your hard work over the year, and prepared hyacinths for Christmas flowering should be planted before the end of September.

The show schedules including entry forms are available around the town for the gardening club show on 14th September. Please note that nuts and nut products are not allowed in the school, so bear this in mind when preparing your exhibits.

A conjunction between the moon and Jupiter occurs on 6th September, and the autumn equinox is on 23rd September.

Pete Smith