September Garden Planner

by Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan brings us the garden planner for September, the heart of the Delmarva harvest season.

  • Pick apples during the first two weeks of the month.

  • You may have already enjoyed the bounty of your garden for several months. Things are otherwise starting to finish up unless you are planning some cold weather vegetables.

  • Plant starters or seeds of green onions, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and winter cauliflower directly into the garden early this month.

  • If you are done with your vegetable garden for the season, plant cover crops in beds and dirt pathways to protect and feed the soil throughout the winter.

  • Plant fall annuals and perennials like mums, pansies, and ornamental cabbage for color through the winter. Treat them to some of that compost you've been cooking in your side yard!

  • Roses can be fertilized through the end of September.

  • Divide spring flowering perennials and transplant or swap with your friends. Do this first thing in the morning and give them plenty of water afterwards.

  • Deadhead annuals for a final Fall bloom or pull them.

  • Save seeds from annuals and biennial flowers. Leave some seed heads for birds to eat throughout the winter.

  • Aerate or dethatch your lawn and reseed it now or anytime through October.

  • Trees and shrubs can be planted from now until the first frost.

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