september garden calendar

september garden calendar

• Gardens and lawns lose about an inch of water per week, more if it is unseasonably warm. Water to replace those losses.

• It's more critical than ever to water in early morning in order to discourage fungal diseases that could gain a foothold in foliage left wet overnight.

• Save seeds from your favorite plants. Take Darwin's advice and choose those that flourished in your garden. If you plan to use them next year, storage in an envelope in a dry location will probably preserve viability.

• Cut back plants as they fade. Garden cleanliness will pay off in fewer bugs, slugs and diseases next year. Bait for slugs and snails now, during mating season, for fewer problems next year.

• Prune growing tips of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants and squash. Keep harvesting regularly to channel energy to the less mature fruits.

• It's time to plant greens again: arugula, kale, lettuce and mustard. Plant these in a bed with a cloche so you can harvest for Thanksgiving.

• Plant new strawberry plants at the end of the month. Peas can be started now for spring harvest.

• Garden centers are full of interesting cultivars now, and it's the perfect time to plant them. Fall-planted specimens will out-perform their spring-planted counterparts for at least the next two seasons. That's because root development is favored during the first winter.

• Start looking for bulbs at local nurseries. Don't plant these until after the winter rains cool the soil. Store indoors, or where temperature is cool.

• Spring flowering plants can be divided now. Potted plants tend to get root-bound at this time of year. Keep monitoring for water needs.

• This is a good month to fertilize your lawn. Consider over-seeding thin lawns now or in early spring.

• Support your soil by checking the pH. If it's between 6.5 and 7.0, do nothing; your soil is in good shape. If the pH is lower, you may want to add lime according to label directions. Winter rains will incorporate the amendments.

• Another helpful lawn amendment is a layer of compost. This will replenish lost nutrients and rebuild the soil's organic matter, improving its capacity to hold moisture.

• Nature and Garden Journaling: Bring a bound journal with unlined pages and tap into your artistic potential with sessions on right-brain drawing, guided exercises in creative writing and additional techniques to brighten and intensify your journal pages. All are focused on the garden and natural world. Sponsored by North Mountain Park; taught by Irene Brady; three sessions beginning Sept. 15. Call 488-6606 to register. $75 fee.

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