As much as I hate to see summer coming to a close there are still plenty of garden chores to be done. Properly caring for your flower, vegetable, and herb gardens now will pay off next season. And you still may have plants that are producing so don’t stop taking care of them now!
- Keep watering and weeding. Your plants may still be producing especially if the weather is warmer than usual.
- Harvest vegetables regularly to keep plants producing well.
- Deadhead herbs such as basil regularly to keep them productive.
- Early fall is a great time to transplant herbs to bring inside for a winter windowsill herb garden.
- Check plants regularly for signs of pest or diseases.
- Remove any summer vegetable plants that are looking ragged or becoming less productive. Do not discard any plants that look diseased where they will spread that disease in the spring.
- At least once this month, feed your vegetable plants with a foliar feed of fish emulsion.
- Sow fall crops directly into your garden. Try including mesclun, spinach, mache, radishes, and carrots.
- Keep deadheading to keep plants looking their best.
- Water regularly to keep annuals healthy.
- Fertilize once a week with a diluted fertilizer.
- Remove summer annuals that may be looking ragged.
- September is a great time to plant fall flowers, such as mums, asters, and pansies.
- Fall is a great time to dig and divide any perennials that look overgrown to you. Hostas, irises, and other rhizome plants do well when divided in the fall. In northern states September is the best month. As you go south you get a little more time.
- Check out nurseries and garden centers. Many run fall planting sales and you may even get great deals on summer supplies! Retailers would rather sell things at a good discount than have to return them to their suppliers or store them for the winter.
- You can start planting spring-blooming bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring bloomers.
- Place a section of chicken wire or metal hardware cloth over your bulbs if squirrels and other wildlife are a problem. Pin down the chicken wire and cover it with mulch.
Trees and Shrubs:
- Trees and shrubs will need an inch of water per week to stay healthy, either from rain or from the hose.
General Garden Housekeeping:
Early fall is a good time to care for all your garden tools if you’ve neglected them during the growing season.
- Remove any rust from tools left out in the rain.
- Repair or replace handles on garden tools
- Repair fencing and gates before the winter does serious damage.
- Remove garden fabric that will be no good for next season. Be sure to save the garden pins!
Take your garden ornaments inside so they don’t become cracked or faded due to harsh winter conditions.