September is really a transition month in the garden, anyway. As the month goes on, the temperatures fall and the rainfall increases. The weather gives us a window of time to assess our gardens, plan for the future and make changes before the frosts come and we tuck our plants into their beds for the winter. Now is the time to move unhappy plants, divide perennials and plant bulbs and new perennials. Trim back shrubs and vines this month so they have time to recover before the cold sets in.
Looking around my gardens I can see a lot of changes I'd like to make. With a first year garden in the front of my house and a backyard garden with thriving perennials that need attention, September is going to be a busy month.
|Hey, Mr. Bumble Bee, where did you get your bright orange pollen?|
Here is my list of chores for September:
Front Edible Garden
- Install a reinforcement border around the edge of the garden to help with soil erosion and water run off.
- Assess the placement of perennials such as the lingonberries and blueberries and move if necessary.
- Transplant the strawberry runners.
- Make a decision on moving the Kousa Dogwood which is not happy in its current location.
|These Batchelor's Buttons have given me so much pleasure this summer. I'm going to be sad to see them go.|
- Remove spent summer crops and annuals.
- Plant fall transplants - kale, lettuce and cabbages.
- Deal with unhealthy plants - powdery mildew on the rudbekia and bee balm, as well as 'rust' on the holly hocks.
- Continue to harvest and preserve herbs and calendula.
- Harvest cilantro, poppy and sunflower seeds.
- Decide on whether to plant spring bulbs and if so, where?
|These blackberry vines are out of control and must be dealt with.|
Backyard Vegetable Garden
- Remove spent summer crops.
- Tend to winter crops.
- Prune back/ remove blackberry vines.
- Transplant strawberry runners.
- Divide and transplant daylillies.
- Prune Rose of Sharon and remove dead branches.
- Move blueberry bushes?
It's a long list but the attention I give my garden now will pay off in the spring. Besides, a garden is always a work in progress and the fun lies in the tweaking!
See you in the garden,
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