DO SEPTEMBER 2017
All the Fall/Winter vegetables are in. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Onions,
Peas, Chard, Kale, Lettuce & more. Plant them in September for an early fall
harvest. They might need a bit of shade at first. Shade cloth, cardboard, etc.
especially on the west side is helpful.
Fall/Winter flowers are in too! Pansies, Violas, Snapdragons, Primrose,
Flowering Cabbage and Kale, and all the rest. These will go right through the
winter well into spring until it gets too warm. Add some cheer during those
dreary winter months.
You can also start Carrots, Lettuce, Radishes, Peas and all the fall plants from
seeds right now. It's the cheapest way to go!
Aphids are coming back with the cooler weather. Be prepared for one last spray
if needed. Watch for shiny or sticky leaves. Sometimes follow the ants and they
will lead you to the aphids. Remember to READ THE LABEL when you buy any
pesticide. Some have specific directions or need to be shaken before using. IT
WON'T WORK right if you don't follow the instructions!
Spring flowering bulbs like Daffodils will be in soon. Plant in fall for a
spring bouquet! Daffodils are also gopher resistant. They are bitter and the
little buggers leave them alone. Deer too! It's best to use some bone meal or
bulb food when planting.
Keep dead-heading roses and other perennials - even Crape Myrtles. They usually
put on another show of color as the weather cools. A light fertilizing right now
is beneficial to give a little spurt of growth and/or flowers.
Fall is a great time to plant - especially natives. It's also easier on the
planter. With cooler weather, plants are less stressed which means you will be
more successful. Fall planting also gives them time to root some so that when
spring comes they take off quickly. You don't have to wait for rain. Dig a small
hole and fill it with water, let it soak and then dig it out. Repeat. It's the
easy way to dig.
As the summer gets drier and browner, deer get more desperate for food. Be
prepared! Use Liquid Fence Deer Repellant every 1-2 weeks on your most treasured
plants. It really works! (Or build a real 7-8' fence).
It's still fire season. September can sometimes be the worst month. Be sure you
are prepared. A well-watered landscape actually resists burning. Dry trees and
shrubs are a fire hazard.
you have a lot of space? Think about planting a cover crop in the fall like
clover, alfalfa, vetch, Fava beans or some other legume than can be tilled in to
enrich the soil for next year's crops. It's the way they "used" to do it before
fertilizers. Legumes fix nitrogen right out of the air and into the soil - with
some help from symbiotic organisms. Dig up some clover or other legume. Chances
are you will see these nodules on the roots.