September 8, 2018 10:03:16 PM
September was my least favorite month when I worked, because Labor Day was the last day out of school until Thanksgiving. I think that's changed now, but back then those weeks stretched interminably with no relief in sight. In retirement, it's the month after summer, the first day of fall (Sept. 22) and an opportunity for more playing in the dirt. As I write, we are blessed with good rain for the first time in weeks. That makes playing much more fun and much easier.
Now, if you think you can only plant in the spring, guess again. Fall is the ideal time to plant shrubs, trees and some veggies and ornamentals. Read on for tips about fall planting. But first, if you just want to know these things all by yourself, think about joining the Master Gardener organization next year. Watch this column for the where and when nearer time for the next class to begin. You'll meet new friends (and maybe some old ones), learn all about when to plant and so much more.
To do this month
Plant all cool season vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc., and warm season grasses; mums for September bloom and fall color. Marigolds, asters, zinnias and celosia to replace faded annuals, seeds for English daisy, Forget-me-not, pansy, Sweet William and violet.
Cut back rose canes to 24-30 inches from ground for autumn blooms. Remove dead and damaged wood from trees and shrubs.
Now, go play in the dirt.
Sharon Carrigan of Columbus shares timely gardening tips on behalf of the Lowndes County Master Gardeners.