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Gardening Month By Month: September Projects
How to keep your flowers blooming as long as possible
Although September is the month where leaves begin to fall, flowers are still plentiful in the garden and the period of bloom-bearing can be extended by removing withered leaves and seed-pods from the plants.
Daffodil bulbs can be obtained by lifting old plants and separating the new bulbs from the old ones, and then replanting them separately.
Polyanthus plants can be set during September. Old plants can be divided and replanted.
Thrift is an easy plant to grow in a rockery, and can be planted now, A root can be taken from an old plant.
If Marigolds have not been grown in the garden, now is the time to sow seeds for next year; also those of the Californian Poppy and Coneflower. All these seeds will stand the winter, and bloom the following year.
Young plants of Carnation and Pink can be planted this month. These flowers will make a splendid show of colour. If you have any flowers of which you wish to save seed, you should select the finest blooms, and mark them by tying on a piece of cotton. Snip off the other flowers and buds so that all the nourishment goes to the seed of the flowers
Now is the time to put bulbs of Daffodils, Hyacinths, Crocuses, etc., into bowls for blooming at Christmas, Put them into bowls nearly filled with damp fibre, and then place them in a dark cupboard for six or eight weeks.
In the open, plant bulbs for spring blooming.
A little job you can do before the autumn rains come in is to make a boot-scraper. If you have an almost worn-out spade, file the blade down, and cut off part of the handle. Bury the handle part in the soil, and ram down the earth well around it. Leave two or three inches above the ground.
If you have a particularly good Chrysanthemum plant in your garden, you can pot it up, and remove all the buds except one. Take it indoors and place it in the window, and you will have a decorative bloom.