Tuesday, 01 September 2015
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September  tasks in the gardenSeptember is one of the busiest garden months and heralds the switch from summer-blooming flowers to winter and spring ones and from warm-season to cool-season vegetables.

As the weather can still be very hot, start slowly by cutting down faded flowers and vegetables and preparing the ground for the best planting month of the year, October. Continue to water deeply, early in the day or in the evening. Check drought-resistant plants for signs of stress. One deep watering now can tide them, trees and shrubs over until the winter rains and help protect them from disease attack.

Water neededAnother month to relax and enjoy your garden, although there are some projects the keen gardener can undertake. 

As in July, the crucial task is providing sufficient water to plants. The neediest plants are lawns (but not Bermuda or zoysia), vegetables, some annuals and some perennial shade flowers.

Many plants in containers are likely to need water daily.

First Annual Flower Show scheduled for 2016The Gardening Event of the Year is to be Launched by Mediterranean Gardening and Outdoor Living magazine in conjunction with VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa.

Mediterranean Gardening and Outdoor Living magazine, the only English language magazine dedicated to gardening in the whole of Iberia, is joining forces with VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa to launch its first Annual Flower Show in June 2016.

Mediterranean Gardening portugalWith the dry winter turning into a dry spring, the wildflower displays have been even more welcome to provide colour and interest, even if not quite as prolific as usual. We have had some ´botanical´ visitors who have loved the Algarve spring and thoroughly enjoyed their encounter with the plants and landscapes of Portugal.

The young professional garden trainees from The Professional Gardeners Guild in particular were surprised to see such diversity, and managed to find 8 species of orchids during their limited time with us.

olivetreeWith the devastation of olive trees in southern Italy, European agricultural experts are gathering in Brussels to develop an action plan to save the continent’s olive trees.

The meeting was called after leaf scorch (xylella fastidiosa) was found in four ornamental coffee bushes at Rungis, an international food market on the outskirts of Paris, a fortnight ago.

olivetreeItalians in the southern region of Puglia reacted with anger when officials began to cut down olive trees there.

The trees, some centuries old, were sacrificed in an attempt to stop a deadly bacterium, xylella fastidiosa, which appears to have infected as many as one million olive trees in the region and could hit other parts of Italy and the Mediterranean.

olivesThe deadly bacterium which is wiping out olive trees in Italy has now claimed up to a million trees just in the southern region of Puglia alone.

Warnings are being sounded that Portugal’s olives could be endangered.

olivetreeA deadly bacterium is likely to spread throughout Europe’s olive trees.

Xylella fastidiosa, also called olive leaf scorch, is destroying ancient olive groves in the Apulia region of southern Italy. Several thousand hectares of olive trees are now affected.