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Garden To Do List September

"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November."
- Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905

In my mid-South garden fall is a slow transformation into winter.  The heat may not break until late September with the first frost occurring at the end of November.  I no longer think of fall as a time to put the garden away, but rather the season for reaping all that I’ve sown during spring and summer.  The colors are so saturated and there is such a bounty of fruits, flowers and vegetables.  As I write this I feel a twinge of betrayal, but I’ve come to love autumn even more than spring.

Good to Know

I garden in zone 7b.  Spring usually starts in March and fall extends through November.  The summers are long and hot.  I write these tips with the idea that they are applicable to all zones during a general period of time. However, given microclimates and weather extremes timing can vary.  Observe the conditions in your garden and apply them accordingly.