Sunday, September 01, 2013

September Gardening Chores

September Gardening Chores

In Red Bluff, California:

Watering daily when temperatures over 90F.  
Removing dead and non-productive vegetable crops. 
Apply manure and compost to clay soils.  
Planting crops for late autumn harvest:  cabbages, peas, fennel, cauliflower, lettuce, swiss chard, onions, leeks, Chinese peas, and endive.
Drying peppers and squash.
Start new strawberry beds. 

Dig up and divide garlic, perennials, iris, daylilies,  bulbs and onions.
Keep watering properly even as the weather begins to cool. 
Clean up all dead fruit. 
Fruit trees fed and sprayed with tonics.
Seed lawns with rye grass for winter color. 
Remove any dead shrubs or trees and place in large burn pile. 
Dig holes for planting trees and shrubs; plant in ground starting November 1st.
Purchase potted trees and shrubs for planting in autumn. 
Continue to mulch trees and shrubs.
Raking fallen leaves and add to compost pile.
Purchase bulbs from nurseries. 
Feed lawn with slow release fertilizer.
Remove spent blooms from roses.
Weed vegetables and shrubs, mow lawns.
Start to prepare sheds, tools, and equipment for Winter weather.
Repair roofs.   

September: Quotes, Poems, Seasonal Sayings

Autumnal Equinox Celebration

"I don't wanna say goodbye for the summer
Knowing the love we'll miss
Oh let us make a pledge to meet in September
And seal it with a kiss
Guess it's gonna be a cold lonely summer
But I'll fill the emptiness
I'll send you all my love every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss."
-  Bobby Vinton 

"Harvest home, harvest home!
We've plowed, we've sowed
We've reaped, we've mowed
And brought safe home
Every load."
Harvest Home Song    

May you enjoy your Labor Day in America!!  

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