The September Garden

The September garden is one of my favorite. The season is just changing over, and the weather is becoming more moderate. The air is full of new promise for the upcoming year.

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Taken September 22, 2013, Brisbane, Australia

In many areas of the world, September marks when school is back in session, with all that entails -- children walking past (or in) your yard, less time for the garden due to homework and activities, and perhaps more traffic and dust in the garden.

Here are some tips to keep your September garden looking its best.

Go out into your garden often

Taken September 17, 2011, Bærum, Norway

If you can do a walk-through of your gardens at least two or three times a week, this will help you catch problems before they get serious.

Look for damage to your plants by passers-by, pests, or weather. Remove dead or wilted leaves, tie up or prune stray branches, and keep your walkways swept.

For those of you approaching fall, make sure you keep up with your harvesting! It can help to mark it on your calendar.

For those of you approaching spring, begin sowing your annual crops, a bit each week, so you have a steady supply of greens and peas.

Maintain your tools

September is a good time to clean and sharpen your garden tools, to take an inventory of those tools which need replacing, and to do so.

There are often great sales in the home and garden shops around this time of the year, so take advantage.

Mulching and fertilizing

Unless you're having such wet weather that slugs or snails are a problem, September is a good time to renew your mulch and to put down some organic fertilizer (compost is always welcome).

If your soil has been tested recently and needs amendments, September is also a good time to apply those. Most soil doesn't need amending if you have good crop rotation. If you're unsure, check with your local county extension office or agricultural school to get your soil tested.

Enjoy your garden!

A cool, crisp September day, with the sun low in the sky, is a wonderful time to be outdoors.

Plan to sit in your garden with your family and enjoy the fruits of your labor, as you survey the lovely year-round edible landscaping you've created.

Enter the September garden contest!

Do you have an edible September garden? Share it!

Each September, the home edible garden I like the best will be awarded a crown to wear all year long.

September Fall Garden

September Spring Garden

Entries are given points for:

  • Hardscape (walls, paths, walkways, etc)
  • Overall design
  • Whether the garden complements this house
  • Use of edible trees and shrubs
  • Use of edible perennials
  • Use of edible annuals
  • Curb appeal
  • Photo quality

ALL the garden entries for September will also be entered into our Spring and Fall Garden Contests, which will involve prizes!

And everyone who enters into these contests for all four seasons will be eligible for the Four Season Edible Garden Contest.

Will you become Queen (or King) of the Garden? You have to enter to find out!

Don't forget to leave your email address (there's a place for you to do that after you submit your photos) so I can contact you later on when you win. :)

The September contest is closed for 2015. But you can still share your garden photos that you took in September! Please share your garden photos by filling out the form below.

Read more about our Four Season Garden contest!

Or if you don't want to compete, you can share your garden with us here.

Share Your September Garden

Show off your beautiful, edible September gardens!

*Tell us what is growing in your yard
*Show us your photos (up to four)
*Go to the next page to add your email address

I invite you to join the Tasteful Landscape community, a group of people who love beautiful home edible gardens as much as you do!

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