September Gardens

By: dragonflyF15 , 9:06 PM GMT on September 03, 2014

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I haven't kept up on the garden to do's over the summer. Most of you know me on FB, but some who aren't, I lost the love of my life and best friend of 22years unexpectedly. Had to move and just haven't had a routine set in yet. I will go thru some of the emails and try to get some replies in with those I have lost touch with over the summer. Hug and kiss those you love every chance you can get~

This covers mainly zones 3-6 (give or take a couple of weeks, lower zones start earlier, higher zones start later). As we know nature has her own schedule.

Ornamentals:
-Plant evergreens now.
-Herbs such as parsley, rosemary, chives, thyme and marjoram can be dug from the garden and placed in pots now for growing indoors.
-Cuttings of annuals can be taken now to provide vigorous plants for overwintering.
-Except tulips, spring bulbs may be planted as soon as they are available. Tulips should be kept in a cool, dark place and planted in late October.
-Begin readying houseplants for winter indoors. Prune back rampant growth and protruding roots. Check for pests and treat if necessary. Houseplants should be brought indoors at least one month before the heat is normally turned on.
-Perennials, especially spring bloomers, can be divided now. Enrich the soil with peat moss or compost before replanting.
-Lift gladiolus when their leaves yellow. Cure in an airy place until dry before husking.
-Divide peonies now. Replant in a sunny site and avoid planting deeply.
-Poinsettias can be forced into bloom for Christmas if they are moved indoors now to a sunny windowsill. Each night, they must be kept in a cool, dark place where there is no light for 14 hours. This must continue until proper color is achieved in 6-10 weeks.

Lawns:

-If soils become dry, established lawns should be watered thoroughly to a depth of 4-6 inches.
-Cool season lawns are best fertilized in fall. Make up to 3 applications between now and December. Do not exceed rates recommended by fertilizer manufacturer.
-Begin fall seeding or sodding of cool season grasses. Seedbeds should be raked, dethatched or core-aerified, fertilized and seeded. Keep newly planted lawn areas moist, but not wet.
-Newly seeded lawns should not be cut until they are at least 2 or 3 inches tall.
-Cool season lawns are best fertilized in the fall. Make up to 3 applications between now and December Do not exceed rates recommended by fertilizer manufacturer.
-Lawns may be topdressed with compost or milorganite now. This is best done after aerifying.
-It is not uncommon to see puffballs in lawn areas at this time.

Vegetables:

-Egyptian (top-setting) onions can be divided and replanted now.
-Sowing seeds of radish, lettuce, spinach and other greens in a cold frame will prolong fall harvests.
-Keep broccoli picked regularly to encourage additional production of side shoots.
-Pinch out the top of Brussels sprout plants to plump out the developing sprouts.
-Harvest herbs now to freeze or dry for winter use.
-Tie leaves around cauliflower heads when they are about the size of a golf ball.
-Pinch off any young tomatoes that are too small to ripen. This will channel energy into ripening the remaining full-size fruits.
-Sow spinach now to overwinter under mulch for spring harvest.

Fruit:

-Pick pears before they are fully mature. Store in a cool, dark basement to ripen.
-Bury or discard any spoiled fallen fruits.
-Paw paws ripen in the woods now.
-Check all along peach tree trunks to just below soil line for gummy masses caused by borers. Probe holes with thin wire to puncture borers

Miscellaneous:

-Autumn is a good time to add manure, compost or leaf mold to garden soils for increasing organic matter content.
-Monitor plants for spider mite activity. Reduce their numbers by hosing off with a forceful spray of water.
-Seasonal loss of inner needles on conifers is normal at this time. It may be especially noticeable on pines.
-Soon our beloved hummingbirds will be heading out for migration, so keep those feeders full and fresh for the long journey!
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While many fruits and vegetables are available year-round, most are at their peak during specific seasons. Shoppers at your local Farmer's Market and grocery stores, look for these items to be in season for Fall:
Acorn Squash
Apples
Belgian Endive
Butternut Squash
Cauliflower
Figs
Garlic
Ginger
Grapes
Mushrooms
Parsnips
Pears
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Quince
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard

Hope everyone had a great summer harvest and Happy Gardening!

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4. WeatherWise
3:43 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
Hi Dragonfly, Sounds like you have an ambitious plan for your September garden. This seems to be the time that I just say good-bye until a couple of years ago. I decided to plant a winter kitchen garden very close to the house in a small protected area. Mainly herbs of different sorts. I planted them in small pots. The oregano that I planted in the ground is probably the most successful of all.


The beginnings of my kitchen garden. - a small corner that perhaps I could winter over even. It is protected by house and can be easily covered. It was an experiment - it might work and it might not. I planted it around July 24, 2012.




This is the little garden the following summer in July - the oregano went crazy. Of course, the basil was new as does not winter over.





Last winter it was so cold about the only thing that wintered over ws the oregano and it is just beautiful this year - same oregano from that original little plant.





So that is my success story of my little kitchen garden and how it wintered over for me two winters so far. If I get really smart perhaps I will cut the oregano back and research what other herbs might grow in small spaces and winter over for me. I enjoyed your September Gardening blog! Happy September Gardening!
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3. GardenGrrl
2:25 PM GMT on September 05, 2014
Hey. Happy September!
If not for grasshoppers my swiss chard would be really bountiful this season. Have the sweetest cherry tomatoes this year. Literally they are like a sweet liquid filled candy. Not real prolific but best ever : )
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2. Skyepony (Mod)
11:40 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
Good to see you growing after such a hard summer.

I was in zone 6 last weekend. The farmer's market was a boon of good stuff to put up for winter. Which I've done all week since.

In near zone 10 it's a struggle to ready the garden for fall & winter planting without the garden putting a hurting on us. Wasps got me. The news is warning of a new invasive in FL to look out for..this puss caterpiller.. Intense throbbing pain develops within five minutes of contact, with pain extending up the affected arm. Other symptoms may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, intense abdominal distress, lymphadenopathy, lymphadenitis, and sometimes shock or respiratory stress.

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1. sandiquiz
6:01 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
Thanks for dropping by my blog:-)

Yes, it is time to harvest the crops....I picked all the apples off my tree yesterday and turned about a quarter of them into apple puree. Most was put in the freezer, but I saved one portion to make an apple crumble.
I know Autumn is coming when I serve hot desserts after dinner instead of yogurt or ice cream!

I wish you a "fruitful" September.

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