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In the Vegetable Garden

  • Potatoes can be dug as soon as the tops have died.  Depending on your area, they may store better in the ground that in the cellar.

  • Pick lima beans while still green.

  • Harvest and eat the early onions first.  The white and sweet varieties generally do not store well whereas the yellows typically store the best.

  • Thin late beets now.

  • Keep mature peppers and eggplant fruits picked so that the smaller fruits will develop.

  • Continue to sow lettuce.

  • Blanch cauliflower heads by pulling the leaves around the heads and fastening with twine or string.

  • Pick cucumbers as soon as they are large enough.  Keep them well watered so that bitterness is avoided.

  • Place developing melons on a board so that they are protected from rot and insect attack.

  • Remove raspberry canes after they are done producing but be sure that you do not injure the developing shoots that will be next years producing canes.

  • Harvest many herbs now, before they flower and are at their spiciest.  Dry thoroughly and store in airtight containers in a cool, dark place for best results.

  • Empty soil should be planted in a good cover crop, such as Winter rye.  Sow early in the north so that it gets well established.  Turn into the soil next spring as a green manure.

  • In the southern United States, peas, radishes, string beans, and turnips will provide fall harvests if planted now.

In the Flower Garden

  • Remove the dead foliage of bleeding heart now.

  • Sow Forget-Me-Not seeds now for bloom early next year.  Sowing directly over the top of a bulb bed that is through for the summer makes a nice looking ground cover.

  • Although it is not a good idea to divide well establish peonies, try replanting ones that do not bloom.  They may be planted too deeply.  Carefully work composted manure around your peonies for healthy blooms next year.

  • As soon as hollyhocks are done, cut them to the ground and remove all old plant material to protect next years plants from disease.

  • Continue to divide irises.

  • Oriental poppies can be moved as summer is the time of year when you will have the greatest success rate.

Trees & Shrubs

  • Evergreens can be transplanted out now if the growing tips are mature and have stopped growing.  Be sure to plant in a hole that is oversized and water well.  It is often beneficial to water the area that you intend to place the plant several days in advance.

  • Begin preparing areas that you intend to plant in lawn.  September is generally a good time of year to plant.


Note:  This almanac page should be used as a general guideline of common garden tasks.  You should modify the list based on your specific geographic area.  For a very useful tool to aide in planning your garden, click here.


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Updated on August 17, 2010