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Top 10 Things to Do in the Garden in September: Planting, Pruning, Getting Ready & More

Unless you live somewhere really cold, you can always find something to do in your garden, such as planting, weeding, dealing with pests, storing seeds, drying herbs, enriching the soil, or harvesting an abundance of vegetables.

These September garden tasks may not all be necessary for you, it all depends on where you grow your garden. So only follow what is best for you and your beautiful green place.

Follow these 10 tasks in the order they are given.


1. Keep on harvesting

End-of-season harvests can be just as wonderful as picking the first ripe tomatoes from the vine. You might find a few big zucchini and even bigger pumpkins hiding under leaves that are starting to spot and curl as nights get gradually cooler.

The following veggies may still be ready for harvest this September depending on what you planted and how well it did, as well as your location.

  • beans
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini
  • summer squash
  • winter squash
  • melons
  • eggplants
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • potatoes (dig before first frost!)
  • sweet potatoes
  • onions
  • peppers
  • Chard Swiss
  • rutabagas
  • turnips
  • parsley
  • mustard seed & more

Extending beyond the confines of the vegetable garden, September is prime time for gathering the fruits of the tree, such as apples, pears, and plums.

If you’ve had a productive growing season, September in the garden will still be full of pleasant surprises. Yet, the season is soon winding down, so savor the final harvests before the first frosts!

Also, have plans in place to either store them for later use or collect seeds for next year’s planting of vegetables.


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