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By September 9, 2013

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Growing up (the few years we had a garden -- my parents were not into gardening) September was the month in which we pulled everything out and the patch behind the garage became a boring and barren place until the following June. But September is a great time to sow a few seeds in the vegetable garden. It's very likely that you (like me) have been pulling out tomato plants that have ceased to be productive, or maybe you've just gotten tired of dealing with powdery mildew on your cucumber and squash vines. This doesn't mean that your garden is finished -- there are plenty of vegetables you can plant in September, no matter which region you garden in.

In my case, I'll be planting mesclun, turnips, beets, spinach, peas, and mache this month. Some of it will be planted in areas that recently held tomato plants and summer squash, so I'll be adding a good layer of compost before planting to increase the nutrients in the soil. I'll also start thinking about what I want to plant in my low tunnel for winter crops -- most likely, mache, lettuce, and spinach.

Of course, sometimes, you are ready for a break from gardening, and that's fine too. Some years, I'm gung-ho to keep gardening, and others, not so much. Even those years in which I'm feeling less-than-enthusiastic about gardening, I end up throwing a few seeds down. It's always nice to see something green and edible growing in my garden in October!


September 10, 2013 at 5:51 am
(1) Marsha says:

This is a question about a previous article you wrote re tomato leave tea to get rid of aphids… Which I have in my green house garden on my kale. Can I dry the leaves to use during the winter months ? I had aphids all last winter when there were no tomato leaves available in up state NY, where I live. Very confused ! Marsha

September 17, 2013 at 12:10 am
(2) Judy Erion says:

I would love to raise some things in my garden this winter, but I have to import dirt to fill pots or an old aquarium. I also have had tomato horn worms decimate my one lone tomato plant. Our hot weather is waning (100+), zone 9, and I would love to continue tomatoes, but how? We will have a bumper crop of lemons but we are limited on water. Ideas? I really appreciate your newsletter and would love to have some ideas on dry land plantings and turf alternatives. Grass takes too much water. You are giving valuable advice here so thank you,,Judy Erion

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