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Topic by MsDebbieP posted 08-29-2009 12:37 PM 3371 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

08-29-2009 12:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: september tasks

What tasks need to be done in the month of September?


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-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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1591 posts in 3593 days
hardiness zone 5

08-29-2009 12:43 PM

Moving plants that need to be placed differently.
Sowing some ‘winter-activated’ seeds.
Prepping beds for next spring.
Planting fall bulbs. Tidying up and beginning to winterize (donkey cart, bird baths, deck chairs, etc), getting ready to store them overwinter.
When the first frost is predicted, pull the caladium and geraniums inside.

Bon, when should I pull the four o’clock tubers, before or after the first frost?

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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5121 posts in 3507 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-29-2009 03:33 PM

- Stop fertilizing to allow the plants to get used to less nutrition
- Sow perennial seeds and annual seeds like the annual poppies
- get rid of the potted petunias and make way for the gorgeous fall mums
- plant the icicle pansies for next spring’s growth.
- bring inside my brugmansia plants, and oleander plants after first trimming them back, hosing them down for insects, spraying with insecticides, and hosing down again.
- make cuttings of the brugmanisa plants for next spring’s plant trades
- after the first frost, ( often late September ), carefully dig up the dahlia plants, clean the tubers and pack away for next spring
- plant the tulips and daffodil bulbs that I dug up in the spring to make way for the dahlias. They share the same bed – just different times. LOL
- turn the compost
- trim the clematis down to about a third size.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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4312 posts in 3139 days
hardiness zone 5b

08-29-2009 03:53 PM

- Finish canning: tomato sauce, apple pie filling, Sea Buckthorn juice
- Make and freeze pesto sauce from Basil plants
- Plant rye grass cover crop over vegetable garden as garden areas finish
- Move blueberry bushes that are too close to Sea Buckthorn bushes
- Bring in potted delicate plants (pomegranate, avocado) before damaging frosts
- Dig up remaining root vegetables (potatoes, peanuts, carrots, beets, etc.)
- Fill in areas in perennial beds where mulch is thin with goat straw for the winter
- Start milking Gaea for us, Hurrah!
- Find a good home for the male goat kid

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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7374 posts in 3657 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-29-2009 05:48 PM

Dini You don’t have to worry about the tubers till the ground freezes.Enjoy your blooms till the frost kills them ,then collect all the seeds and then dig them up.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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1591 posts in 3593 days
hardiness zone 5

08-29-2009 06:05 PM

Bon, thanks!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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332 posts in 3405 days
hardiness zone 7a

08-29-2009 09:57 PM

- Find new homes for all my houseplants. They were evicted this spring for my wood workshop needs. Anyone interested in some large houseplants? 6 ft. Flowering gingers, 6 ft. Loquat tree, 18 yr. old Rabbit Fern basket (original pot can not be seen for the roots have engulfed it), carnivorous hanging plant, amaryllis, etc.?

- Cut grass (weeds).
- Pull weeds.
- Harvest greens.
- Plant lettuce & choy seeds.
- Clean pond for winter.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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7374 posts in 3657 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-30-2009 07:59 AM

Once the first big frost hits then it’s time to pull all the annuals.
Plant some more poppy seeds and some perennial seed I want to try.
Pull the sunflowers and get some seed for next year and put the heads out for the birds.
Get big pots ready and stored for winter.
Collect all the garden accessories and wash them and put them away for winter.
Dig up all the tubers and store them.
Trim the clematis.
Cut down the bean plants on the poles.
Get snow blower out and make sure everything is working ok before it gets too cold out.
Get as many weeds out of the gardens as possible.
Put table umbrella away and cover lawn chairs.
Move plants I want in another space.
And most of all collect all the seeds I need to start under the grow lights this winter and for trade.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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4 posts in 3117 days
hardiness zone 4

09-02-2009 12:40 PM

September, the golden Month – lots and lots of leaves to collect, shred and compost.

Spread the Ash from the house & workshop fires (from the last 12 months) on the lawn, this helps to reduce the moss

Start to remove the perennials and make even more compost

Turn over the vegi-patch, before the first frost and give the birds a feast with all the bugs, before the fly south (aren’t birds clever moving to a warmer place, whist we stay here and freeeeeze all winter).

Oh yes – clean up more leaves (we live in the middle a deciduous forest area

-- Tony - Finland

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5389 posts in 3755 days
hardiness zone 9

09-02-2009 11:35 PM

Begin to cut back my perennials;
Replace some of my container flowers with Mums;
Hack away AGAIN, at the back area that gets overgrown with Wild Grapevine and just make that area as neat and tidy as I can;
Slowly begin to move my containers not in use any longer downstairs.
Continue to freeze fresh vegetables from the Farmer’s Market for the winter.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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09-03-2009 03:13 PM

I’m going to transplant my crepe myrtle trees that are about 5-8 ft. tall ( 3 yrs old ) Do the roots spread out far, or are they deep? Would appreciate suggestions from you long time gardners. Thanx

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