It’s the first few days in September now, and the season is beginning to change. The days become shorter. The nights cool off quickly after a warm day of the shining sun. The mornings are much cooler than the last 16 weeks have been. The word, “jacket” is entering your mind! You begin wearing your wool socks and wool sweater around the house. So many signs tell us the sun is ready to distance herself from us, and shade us with Winter.
Sadly, the garden is coming to it’s summer glory end. My black eyed susan’s are starting to look finished, my sun flower plants are leaning and exposing their seeds, and the Nepita is looking like it’s wrapping itself up for the season. I see fewer bees abuzz in the garden and it seems like in general, the garden is concluding.
So, what to do: Here are some basic recommendations that have taught me how to to transition my garden from Summer, to Fall, gracefully.
- Basically, it’s time to start your gradual cut-back or pull-out routine. The plants which are in the early stages of dye out, begin to cut or remove.
- Begin planting your bulbs for spring
- Begin to cut back all your herbs. Peppermint with the flowers make great dried tea’s in winter’s cold and ailments. Keep an eye on your verbena, as when it’s too cold at night, it’s time to dig-up and put in a clay pot for winter storage.
- Start planning on when the best time to bring your outside plants, in. Get a sheltered area (potting shed, garage, winter garden) in mind for where the delicates need to be harbored over winter (succulents, avocado trees, citrus trees, tender bloomers that live throughout the year when taken care of)
- End of summer lawn care begins with a good rake over dead, brown spots from the summer heat and droughts. Then, once aggravated, spread a hand-full of lawn seed over the spots or area. Water and keep the newly tended to area moist.
- General weed clean up. Now that the ground is holding more moisture with the cooler days, it’s time to get all those summer visitors out of the garden for good.
- Decide if your compost (which began to work in April) is ready for a turn, or to be spread around for a good top coat for winter.
- Be sure you have your wood for winter’s heating purchased, stacked and ready to be of service to you by the end of September.
- Cut back your holly-hock’s, and remove your borage plants direct from the ground.
- Gather and pick as much of the summer fruits and vegetables as you can (berries, nightshade, etc)