September and March are my two favorite months to work in the garden! The beginning of September finds us about 80 days from our first frost in Shreveport, and that’s just enough time to get the fall garden well established. Here’s my calendar of September’s Garden Tasks.
The highlights of September’s Garden Tasks:
- Bird feeders. I’ve got them, but I forget to add seed. I’d also like to make a few with the kids to add out at the farm.
- Leafy Greens! We are trying to eat 5 servings of veggies a day, and that adds up to lots and lots of green stuff. I’m planting a lot more this year than I have in the past. I’m excited to see if we can eat it all.
- Kale, Cabbage, and Broccoli
- Snow Peas and Carrots
- A scarecrow. Anything to help keep critters out of my pea patch! Plus, I think he would be super cute.
- The flower bed. Oh the flower bed. The lack (I mean zero, zip, nada) of rain in July has decimated my flower bed. I’ll be tackling it, supplementing the soil and refreshing our plant choices. I’m also going to throw a very veggies into the mix.
It’s July. That means last-minute summer trips, Christmas pre-orders in my shop, and planning the fall garden. At least here along the 32.4° parallel.
Here, we can garden almost 365 days. Our first frost doesn’t usually come until late November, if we see frost at all before January. Though, we can see a night or two with frost as early as Halloween. You know, in between those days of 90+ temps.
Most years, the late July and August heat are so tough on our plants that my tomatoes are done and my garden is ready for fresh plantings in September. This year, the milder temps have been a little gentler on our summer vegetables. But, I’ve decided to go ahead with our fall plans .
Here are my top 3 tips for planning the fall garden:
1. Check your frost dates. This chart has the more conservative dates. You’ll want to count backwards from this date to find the very last date you can plant some veggies.
2. List things you’d like to grow. Think about quick-growing veggies like lettuce and peas or mild-winter-hardy veggies like broccoli and carrots. We’ve eaten fresh, home-grown broccoli on Christmas day. Beets and mustard greens and turnips grow wonderfully in the fall here. But…we don’t eat beets and mustard greens and turnips so I don’t waste my space on those.
3. Search out your seeds now. I find that our local big box home improvement stores don’t offer many seeds this time of year. They will get a few fall veggie transplants in August and September, but not many. I noticed today that our local grocery store has a huge display of Burpee seeds still available for $1/packet. You can also try your local feed and seed. Amazon also sells seeds. At $1.50ish, these are great to round your order up and reach the “Free Shipping” level.
I plan to plant:
- onions where ever I can find a space.
- potatoes in a barrel.
- lettuce and kale and broccoli in the green bean bed.
- carrots and sugar snaps in the squash bed.
- chard and spinach in the tomato bed.
I plan to leave my winter squash and pumpkins in the garden. They should be setting fruit soon and will need all of September to grow.
I’ve pinned a few fun ideas on my Pinterest board “Wednesday is Gardening Day”. I think this scarecrow needs to live in my garden this fall!
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