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Cool weather and dirty knees

The weather is getting cooler and you may feel more comfortable spending time in your garden under the sun. Or maybe September just feels like a good time for you to begin that garden you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a beginner, there are some basics that you need to keep in mind to help your garden thrive.

Gardening by region and weather

September is a moody kind of month. It’s unpredictable, and different regions see a different side to it. We’ve gathered a few tips for gardening during this month’s changeable weather.

Hot-weather regions

If September still feels more like August where you live, you’ll want to stop fertilizing. You wouldn’t want your plants to sprout just as the cold weather arrives. But watering remains essential, especially if you have fruit trees and fall vegetables that are still growing.

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Got houseplants? They’ve had their day in the sun and it’s time to bring them in. Just make sure you’ve checked them out for any pests.

If you’ve got any ripening vegetables and fruits, September is a good time to harvest them. And if you’ve got them to harvest, you’ll likely want to plant new ones as well. Fall is a good time to start planting vegetables like lettuce, beans, or summer squashes.

Moderate weather regions

You still have those hot summer days, but most days, September feels as it should. You may even enjoy a bit of rainfall. It’s advisable to stop watering your trees and to wait until they’ve shed their leaves before you resume.

If you’ve got bulb plants, you’ll want to start digging them up and storing them. Time to break out those spades or garden forks and turn over the soil. You’ll also want to weed your garden beds for winter.

If soil erosion is a concern for you, you may also want to plant cover crops. Consider periwinkles or border grass to prevent soil erosion.

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There’s so much more about gardening in September than we can cover in this one short article. But we hope that it helped you out, especially if you’re a beginner. If you’d like to read more about this topic, you can check out September Gardening To-Do List by David Beaulieu of The Spruce.

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