Green Fingers and Thumbs

Horticulturalist offering gardening classes, creative workshops, floristry and garden consultancy.

September Jobs in the Garden

If you are a vegetable or fruit gardener, you will have lots of harvesting to do at the start of September. Maybe even sowing a late catch crop (fast to germinate, grow and be used) to take advantage of warm early autumn temperatures. There are also other jobs you can be getting on with in the wider garden...

  • Seed Collecting: Best done in a dry spell, seed collecting can be a nice way to re-grow your favourite plants and vegetables next year. Collect seed pods (before they burst open) into a paper bag or envelope and store somewhere dry and warm (like an airing cupboard) until they naturally dry out and fall from their casing. Always remember to label and date your collections so you know what you have gathered.

  • Dividing Perennials: This is a great way of getting new plants for no cost... just a bit of work. Perennials can often be the most expensive plants to buy as they have longevity, coming up year after year. When they reach about four to five years old they can often become congested or die out in the middle. Dividing them gives them a new lease of life and extra plants. You can use these to bulk out your garden or swap with a friend! Simply dig up the clump you want to split - either cut into pieces with a spade, or separate by prising apart with two garden forks used back-to-back. Discard any old worn out pieces and plant the new clumps as soon as possible.

  • Plant bulbs: A lovely job to give the promise of spring not being too far away! In pots or in the ground, spring flowering bulbs can be planted from the start of September to the end of November. Always plant a least twice the depth of the bulb.

  • Plant shrubs and trees: After such a dry summer, it is easy to see why it is often preferable to plant new trees and shrubs in the autumn rather than the spring (depending on your soil type and rainfall). There is more chance of them getting a good six months of cool weather with more rainfall, which reduces the need to water them and helps them establish before the dry months. But, always water newly-planted shrubs/trees regularly for the first six months to a year. Also keep an eye on the amount of rainfall over the winter period, as a dry winter will affect new plantings.

  • Lawn Care

  1. You can reduce mowing as the rate of growth starts to slow down

  1. Scarify your lawn to remove the thatch (this is old grass clippings that don't get collected)

  1. Aerate your lawn to relieve compaction

  2. Apply topdressing (mixture of sand and soil)

All of these things will improve the root zone of the grass, giving healthy growth next spring.

Online Garden Sessions available as a recording:

My online beginner gardener sessions are recorded and available for £5.99. If you would like to view any of the sessions below please contact me for the recording:

  • Low Maintenance. High Impact. (1 hour)

  • Gardening for Wildlife (1 hour)

  • Garden Jobs for Autumn (1 hour)

  • Winter Fruit Pruning (1 hour)

  • Winter Plants for the Festive Season (1 hour)

  • Winter Jobs in the Garden (1 hour)

  • Preparation for the Gardening Year (1 hour)

  • Soil... is KEY! (1 hour)

  • Sustainability in Gardening/Plan your own Outdoor Escape (1 hour)

Green Fingers and Thumbs Gardening Community...

Last autumn I offered Spring Flowering Bulb Packs, here are some great pictures of the final results from you Green Fingered Gardeners out there...


"It was like going to see an Apple Genius Bar and coming away not only with your problem solved, but so many other new ideas as well!"

Lucy and Ed, on having an online consultation for a community garden and allotment project.

I really enjoyed your session last night. I am a longtime gardener but find your talks quite inspirational, my garden has improved so much by putting your ideas into practise and I feel far more positive about changing things to suit my needs rather than just maintaining it. Really looking forward to soil!

Jenny, Shropshire, on online gardening classes

"I didn't want a gardener to do my gardening for me but guidance and recommendations as to how I could manage my garden, to answer my questions and develop my gardening experience. I couldn't tell a weed from a seed. I didn't know when to cut, feed or leave. I has been amazing to have found the expert guidance and support Natalie's personal garden consultation provides.

Beth, Ripon, on a face-to-face garden consultation.

"As an absolute beginner, I have found these online gardening sessions so informative and enjoyable. The interactive sessions are led by a professional gardener whose passion is infectious. You are made to feel comfortable to ask any questions at any level to answer your queries. I throughly enjoy the sessions and look forward to the next one!!"

Anne- Marie, Shropshire, on online gardening classes.

"Natalie has been a huge inspiration in my horticultural career, firstly as a mentor during my gardening traineeship and whilst I worked for my qualifications, and then as a colleague. Always enthusiastic and passionate about her field of expertise she is also greatly supportive of those who want to learn and develop their skills, and imparts her vast knowledge at just the right level for whoever she is working with.'

Clare, York, on training and online gardening classes

"I really enjoyed Natalie's online sessions, they were really informative, helpful and fun without being overwhelming. Lots of top tips."

Zoe, Edinburgh, on online gardening classes.

"Natalie's sessions are fun and informative, and there is always a chance to ask questions. She's also brilliant at getting back to you with more information if you need it. I'm a relative beginner but I think more experienced gardeners would love this too."

Chrissie, Portsmouth, on online gardening classes.

"Natalie has given me superb advice to help spruce up my family garden. Her knowledge of suitable plants, plant positioning and care have been invaluable. She is a fountain of knowledge whois extremely enthusiastic about her craft. I loved watching her develop design ideas and see it all come to life. She makes the whole experience inclusive and enjoyable from start to finish."

Caroline, Royal Tunbridge Wells, on face-to-face garden consultation.

"As a noviceI find Natalie's bite-size classes really helpful. The different topics mean that I can find out about particular areas of gardening without being overwhelmed. She is expert in what she does and has a great way of explaining things in a practical way, with just the right measure of technical. Her approach is so helpful, it has really helped me become more confident in gardening and enjoy it.

Helen, Melmerby, on online gardening classes and face-to-face garden consultation.