Ah, September – the days turn golden and the harvest is plentiful!
Whether you are beginning the process of putting your garden to rest for the winter season or gearing up for a fresh start, September can be one of the busiest months in the garden. Let’s just hope the weather cooperates.
Check out these Tips for September gardening to help you get it all done.
- Fall is a good time to select and plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Fall planting encourages good root development and gives the plants a chance to get established before the spring growing season, next year.
- Stop Trimming and Fertilizing
- Start raking leaves or mow over them by attaching a grass catcher bag to the mower you can collect a ready supply of chopped leaves that to layer into a compost pile or use as mulch on your vegetable garden.
- Divide and move perennials to fill holes in the garden.
- Dig up and store those tender bulbs
- Plant garlic now through October that will grow through the winter and be ready to harvest next spring. Plant individual cloves 2 inches deep and 4 inches apart in full sun and well-drained soil.
- Harvest remaining vegetables except those cold harty varieties such as Brussels sprouts, lettuce, and beets.
- Shorter days and cooler daytime temperatures reduces the amount of water your lawn needs – cut back your sprinkler time by 25%.
- Pick herbs for drying and or freezing.
- Remove diseased tomato, potato, and squash foliage to prevent disease. Do not toss these plants in the compost. Bag them up and throw away.
- Remove dead branches from roses and fruit trees (no pruning yet)