This Month in the Garden (September)

“BUT I REMEMBER MORE DEARLY AUTUMN AFTERNOONS IN BOTTOMS THAT LAY INTENSELY SILENT UNDER OLD GREAT TREES.” C.S. LEWIS

  • SeptemberPageImage Trees & Shrubs
    • No more heavy pruning of shrubs & trees, unless it is absolutely necessary, so that new growth is not encouraged before winter.
    • It’s not too late to plant trees & shrubs.
  • Annuals, Perennials &Bulbs
    • Bring out the potted mums!
    • Start preparing flower beds for cool season annuals.
    • Divide & replant perennials & bulbs that have become too crowded or too large; plant new bulbs too.
  • Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs
    • Harvest herbs & store in a cool place.
    • Plant or transplant cool-weather crops, such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, & lettuce.
    • Put leaves & organic matter in the compost pile.
  • This & That
    • Clean houseplants that have summered outside & prepare them to return indoors. Re-pot, if necessary.
    • Be prepared for the first frost.
    • Enjoy the last tomatoes and other vegetables from the garden.
    • Fertilize the lawn, if necessary.
  • Just for Fun! Photograph your gardens & containers to record the year’s triumphs & frustrations. You can also re-live warmer days by creating a virtual or analog album while wintering by the fire.
  • Did you know…   September 23 is the Autumnal Equinox. There are two equinoxes during the year, falling mid-way between the Summer & Winter Solstices. The Vernal (Spring) & Autumnal Equinoxes are the only days of the year that have equal amounts of daylight & dark.

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