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September Newsletter

september newsletter

“Spring flowers are long since gone. Summer’s bloom hangs limp on every terrace. The gardener’s feet drag a bit on the dusty path and the hinge in his back is full of creaks.”
– Louise Seymour Jones

Here’s hoping the hinge in your back has held up and that continual deadheading and watering have not made it creak too much. Good news – the Suttons Main 2018 Catalogue is out this month so you’ll be able to rest that back whilst browsing and deciding what to grow next year.

September colour comes from dahlias, echinaceas, ruddbeckias and sedums whilst grasses and seed heads add interest and movement. Faded summer bedding can be removed now to make way for spring bulb planting and for those winter flowering pansies, bellis and polyanthus.

And of course, September is harvest month. Tender veg will still be cropping, onions will be drying and apples will be ready for wrapping and storing. Throughout summer we’ve enjoyed food fresh from the garden. Now is the time to squirrel things away for the less productive months.

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Our top ten recommended tasks this month include:

  • September is a good month for laying turf or for starting a new lawn from seed.
  • Before leaves start to fall, place netting over your pond. Do check the netting regularly to make sure no frogs or newts are trapped.
  • Now is a good time for planting perennials. The soil is still warm and the autumn rains will help the roots to establish.
  • Continue picking tomatoes, courgettes, beans and other tender veg. September is pickle and chutney making month!
  • Order and plant spring bulbs, there’s always room for a few more! Consider planting in an area where the bulbs can be left to naturalise. Remember that the planting hole needs to be roughly three times the height of the bulb.
  • To maximise on reducing light levels remove all shade paint from your greenhouse glass and give it a good wash.
  • Salad leaves started now will keep you going throughout the winter.
  • Plant onion sets, shallots and garlic for an early crop next year.
  • Towards the end of the month plant indoor bulbs to force for Christmas flowering.
  • Hardy annuals including sweet peas can be sown now. Protect over winter and your reward will be strong, early flowering plants next summer.


September Catalogue

Suttons Garden Catalogue 2018Early this month our 2018 Garden Catalogue will be landing on doormats across the country. The catalogue includes an amazing 82 new seed varieties across our flower and vegetable ranges. And being more than seeds there are also new and exclusive bedding plants, vegetable plants, fruit, plus an extensive range of gardening equipment. In addition to our normal ranges the catalogue also sees the launch of:

New – Fun to Grow

Specially developed for 4-10 year olds, the new Fun to Grow range is a fun and educational way to get kids growing flowers, fruit and vegetables. The packs are highly educational and have been designed to link closely with Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum and is a great way of showing kids where their food comes from.

Each packet has a fun character to resemble what they will grow and some packs contain free stickers, magnifying glasses and measuring tapes to make the experience of growing even more fun. There are also lots of games and activities to download here to further excite the next generation of growers.

New – Mini Seed Tins

You can now find 12 of our most popular vegetable varieties in a brand new format. The new range of seed tins contain twice the amount of seeds as our standard packets and have been split into 3 sachets for easier successional sowing and an extended cropping period. That means no more ripping of packets and then rolling down the tops, trying to keep the remaining seed safe & dry, these beautifully designed mini tins will do it for you.

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Not only are these tins practical at keeping your seeds safe, but the look great as well. The classic design takes in over 200 hundred years of Suttons heritage history that continues on the spine so that they can be display and lined up in bookcase fashion. A wonderful gift or collect all 12 yourself.

New – James Wong Grow and Eat a Rainbow

To tie in with his latest book, How to Eat Better, we have a new range of seeds developed by James Wong. Selected not only for their great taste, they have been chosen for having the highest levels of specific nutrients, known to be important for leading a healthy life. From the purple of the unusual coloured Carrot F1 Night Bird to the orange of Squash Uchiki Kuri, you’ll be able to grow and eat a rainbow.

If you cant wait for the catalogue to arrive then you can browse and shop direct from our online version now.

Delightful Dahlias

These native Mexicans are invaluable for bringing late summer/autumn colour to our gardens. Related to sunflowers and chrysanthemums, dahlias come in a wide range of heights, flower shape and colour. Some varieties even have striking dark foliage that contrasts beautifully against the brightness of the blooms.

Easy to grow and great for containers and pots, dahlias are also good for cutting. Like sweet peas, the more you pick, the more they will bloom! Deadhead regularly and feed once flowering begins.


First frosts will blacken the foliage which can then be cut down. Lift the tubers, clean them of any soil and place upside down to dry. After a couple of weeks place the tubers in trays of dry sand and store in a cool, frost-free place until next April when they can be planted out. In mild areas, there is no need to lift the tubers, just cover the area with a mulch of compost.

If you cant wait for the catalogue to arrive then you can browse and shop direct from our online version now.


What’s On?

Garden shows well worth a visit this month.

5th/10th RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show –
15/17th Harrogate Autumn Flower Show –
23rd/24th – Malvern Autumn Show –

Blog Reminder

If you missed any of last month’s blogs you can find them here:

Top August Allotment Tips
How to Avoid Bitter Cucumbers
Visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Beetroot and the Slave trade
Who or What was Ailsa Craig?
The Romans Gave Us Aqueducts, Roads and …. Cucumbers
Support Marie Curie by Growing Daffodils

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One thought on “September Newsletter”

  1. Avatar John Talbot says:

    So pleased to be a customer of yours now I have an allotment. My grandfather Cecil Talbot worked for you in Reading as a seedsman for many years 1920-1950 I would guess. I remember sitting on his knee and going over the Latin names of the plants.

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