After the lull of activity at the end of Summer, suddenly there are lots of jobs to be done. The Summer bedding is now past it’s best and it’s time to think about planting up for a Spring display. In September you need to be especially alert as it has not been unknown to have an early frost, although on the other hand, the fine weather can last right through to October, but best be prepared and get those jobs done just in case we have that early frost. Finish taking late cuttings as soon as possible, and making those sowings of appropriate seed while the soil has some residual warmth. This month is the ideal time to plant new trees & shrubs . When planting new stock wait until the rain has made watering unnecessary ,in some years this may not be until October. Perennials, now is a good time to lift & divide them, if possible potting up a few for our Plant sale next May. When planting divided perennials , improve the soil structure by adding organic matter & a slow release fertiliser. If moving peonies, always ensure you re-plant at exactly the same depth, failure to do so will result in them not flowering next year. Keep up the programme of dead heading, just to squeeze a few more blooms out of your plants , “the last rose of Summer”? How are those tomatoes ripening? To speed things up we have several options open to us; stop the watering, taking off the growing tip, removing the majority of the foliage, to let more light and air in. At the end of the month pull up the plants & hang upside down, this usually speeds things up, failing that there is always “the green chutney”! Tasks this month; harvest fruit and vegetables when ripe. Store apples & pears for use over the Winter. Plant out Spring flowering perennials including wallflowers & for-get-me-nots, planting now will help them get established before the onset of Winter. Plant prepared bulbs for indoor display. Plant out Spring flowering bulbs, giving priority to daffodils as they begin their root growth earlier than most other bulbs. Lift and protect slightly tender perennials, such as fuchias, geraniums & pelagoniums , it is a good idea at this time to take some cutting of these plants, should the parent plant not make it through the Winter. Chrysanthemums, in pots, move into the greenhouse before the first early frost. If you still have some Summer bedding plants, that are still flowering well, and frost is forecast, cover with horticultural fleece, this will help prolong the display for a further few weeks. As always maintain pest & disease control , so you are not storing up problems for next year, continue to remove weeds so that they do not have the opportunity to shed seeds, which will over Winter & pop up next year. The same applies to pests such as green fly & thrips, get rid of them at every opportunity, otherwise come the Spring, they will have been lurking somewhere, and will have an early start over you.