September is here! And in the Catskills, that means it’s getting chillier all the time. We will most likely still have a short heat wave ahead, but for the most part, it feels like Autumn. That means it’s time for September Garden Tips!
We have a spectacular display this time of year as the leaves begin to change color. People come from all over just to take in the gorgeous mountain views. (“Leaf-Peepers”)
SEPTEMBER GARDENING TIPS
1- Clean your birdhouses. For detailed instructions, click HERE.
2- Order and plant new perennials (non-bulbs).
This year, I ordered Veronica(Speedwell) because I love the vivid, blue-violet color.
3- Divide and transplant perennials, like Day lilies, Evening Primroses, Lamb’s Ears, Columbine, Peonies, and Irises.
I often fail at this in the Fall. The good news is, you can still do this in the Spring if you have early frosts, like we do here.
4- Hopefully weeds are dying off, but keep checking and pulling as needed.
I find that the weeds get weaker in the Fall, making them easier to pull.
Pester the Pests
5- Keep checking squash plants for those yucky squash beetles.
They look just like stink bugs, and in fact, I believe they are cousins. Do this in the morning. Take a bucket or bowl of soapy water outside and pluck the little bugs off the plants; then place them in the water.
This works for other types of insects as well. Tomato hornworms and cabbage loopers, just to name a couple.
We were fortunate this year in that we didn’t have a huge problem with predatory insects. I swear by birdhouses for this reason. If you have chickens or ducks, you have it made! Bonus points!
6- Order your daffodils, narcissus, and other spring flowering bulbs.
If critters are not too much of a problem in your area, enjoy tulip bulbs, too. (I’m jealous) I have the best luck with daffodils and anything in the narcissus family, because the wildlife must not think they taste very good! And honestly, the yellows and creamy shades are so delicate and lovely to delight in after the long, cold, gray winter season.
7- If you haven’t started yet, begin saving seeds.
Label and sort them as you go along through this process.
8- Keep preserving the harvest! We are still canning, dehydrating, and freezing our bounty this time of year. We will continue to do so until we simply can’t anymore. I’m looking forward to making apple butter!
What are your favorite September garden tips? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment below.
Wishing you blessings and abundance!