In a current New York Times article, longtime flower gardener Jenny Rose Carey proclaimed that in relation to flowers, “September is the brand new Might.” Annually, she visits fall gardens across the nation to see what’s nonetheless in bloom in September, then applies what she discovered in her dwelling backyard.
Carey’s technique entails year-round proactive backyard upkeep—in different phrases, going past caring for the flowers and vegetation which can be at present in-season, and dealing forward to optimize future progress in her backyard.
The remainder of us might not be that systematic, however might in all probability profit from doing a little bit of proactive upkeep. In case you’re undecided what, precisely, to do within the backyard this month, right here’s a September garden checklist which may assist.
September backyard guidelines
All gardens are totally different, so these duties could not all apply to yours. However typically talking, right here’s what to get finished in your backyard in September, damaged down by class:
Flowers (annuals and perennials)
- Proceed deadheading to encourage progress of some final flowers this season.
- Divide and/or plant daylilies and peonies early in the month, when you haven’t finished so already.
- Begin planting spring-flowering bulbs (like daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, crocus, or iris) on the finish of the month (or wait till October). Ideally, you wish to do that to about six weeks before the ground freezes, or when common nighttime temperatures are between 40 and 50 levels. (It’s essential to get the bulbs within the floor earlier than it freezes so the roots have time to get established.)
Fruits, vegetables, and herbs
- Continue to harvest fruits and vegetables as they ripen. Leave collards, kale, and Brussels sprouts alone until the first frost, then harvest. (This improves their flavor.)
- Plant a fall cover crop (like oats, winter rye, winter wheat, crimson clover, and hairy vetch) to protect and improve your soil.
- Can, ferment, dry, or freeze any surplus produce.
Also, if you’ve wanted to start a compost heap, September is a great time to do it—and this Lifehacker information to composting can assist.