Here in the
United States, in the whole Northern Hemisphere actually, we have hit the
peak gardening month. This is the time of the year when we are
reaping the rewards of our Winter and Spring work. Some crops are
peaking, some are done and ready to be removed to make room for planting
your Fall garden.
the Vegetable Garden
and plant for a Fall harvest:
broccoli ten weeks before your
date. Because you are planting the seedlings while the
summer days are still hot,
mulch them to help retain moisture and to keep the soil
Brussels sprouts are great for your Fall garden.
The flavors are actually enhanced when harvested in the cooler
weather. Start seeds in
set plants out this month.
plants six to eight weeks before your
date and transplant them into the garden after they have a
couple sets of leaves. Like
broccoli, they will need protection from the heat and
sun and they need rich, fertile soil.
turnips in the early part of the month to follow an early crop that is
Swedes, need to be sown twelve weeks before your
date. Plant in fine, loose soils and keep it moist.
This allows the globes to form properly and prevent forking.
can all be
sown as close as four to six weeks before your
date. Just pay attention to the particular variety's
is not too late in most areas to sow a crop of shorter seasoned
to be enjoyed as
green beans this fall.
planting seeds in the middle of summer, remember that you may need to
plant a bit deeper than normal since the surface layer of soil will
dry out quickly.
and processing of beans,
is done now while a bit
on the young side.
dressing heavy feeding plants like
squash can be done by working well
composted steer manure or
watering, use the time to inspect plants and remove any unwanted
insects or egg clusters.
tomatoes are subject to sun-scald, pick the fruit as they first start
to turn color and let them finish ripening indoors.
here for more information about
tomato problems and disease.
the Flower Garden
buttons can be helped to bloom a second time by removing about six
inches from the tops of the plants and fed a manure tea.
Delphiniums can also be encouraged in a similar way by first removing
the old flower stalk.
fresh delphiniums and Hollyhock seeds now will give best germination
results and provide nice plants for next year.
columbine from seed can be done by pressing into the soil so that they
are no more than 1/8" deep. The seeds often take up to 4
weeks to germinate.
irises now by taking divisions from the newer or outside growth and
immediately planting in the new location by covering the rhizomes with
1 to 2 inches of soil.
of plants that will need to winter over in the house or greenhouse
should be done now. Root clippings of geraniums, begonias,
coleus, etc. in moist sand.
should be thoroughly soaked once a week or as needed in very hot
weather. Mulching is very beneficial.
roses as soon as they are finished blooming.
flower seeds do well if sown in the first part
of the month.
gardens require about as much watering during this time as any other
part of the garden.
do better if allowed to remain at least 1-1/2" tall. They
will stay greener, resist weeds becoming established, and remain
suckers from any grafted shrubs or trees immediately as they appear.
an eye out for marauding birds that can strip blueberry bushes, cherry
trees and other berry plants. Mesh coverings, noisemakers, and
reflective devices have varied levels of success.
developing bunches of grapes can be protected by securing small paper
sacks over them.
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,