September is the first month of autumn, and no matter how warm the day is, remember that summer is over and it’s time to lay the groundwork for your next harvest and reap the rewards of your hard work this season. What work is planned in September in the garden and on the street?
Work at the cottage in September
In the garden in September, soil weeding, pest and disease control are required: the beds are turned over, and unnecessary plant parts are thrown into compost. During this time, the soil should be prepared for autumn and spring plantings, i.e. add organic fertilizers to it. Berry bushes such as currants, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, walnuts and honeysuckle can be planted within a month. Harvesting of winter varieties of apple trees occurs simultaneously with pruning of diseased and unwanted branches from fruit trees. Planting holes are prepared for young seedlings.
Autumn garden work includes the rooting of small bulbous plants: muscar, crocuses, snowdrops, chrysanthemums, and in the second half of the month – tulips. Plant them in place of early-flowering annuals or short-lived vegetables. Until the middle of the month, we dig, divide and transplant perennials, which will bloom profusely in spring. Loosen the soil around plants and weeds. Pruning already faded deciduous perennials. However, they should still be weeded, fed and washed, but not watered.
In turn, coniferous and evergreen trees should be watered regularly throughout the autumn. At this time, lacfiolus, lovage and chrysanthemums should be dug up. Also replenish humus, leaves and peat. Gladiolus bulbs for storage should be separated, the same applies to begonias and hyacinths. Mowing roses and dahlias. In September, cut the hedges and whitewash the trunks and branches of the forests with water-based paint if there are no lichens on the bark.
The garden in September also requires the close attention of the owner of the garden. Remove carrots, radishes, beets and turnips after the first frost. The spoon is cut in such a way that a little of the above-ground part remains. At the same time, we collect the cauliflower and put it together with the roots in the cellar for cultivation. If you decide to leave it on the bed, you need to take steps to protect it from frost. In September, we harvest late potatoes, leeks, parsley, celery, and tomatoes. Late zucchini, cucumbers, dill and leaf parsley should be covered with foil when it gets cold, and root crops should be shaded so that they do not fade.
Work in the garden in September should be carried out in dry weather, when the air warms up to + 8 ° C. This is especially true for potatoes, since at lower temperatures there is a risk of damaging the tubers. After the potatoes are dug up, planting material should be set aside and stored separately, preferably in a bright place so that the potatoes can turn green. Tomatoes are harvested when the night temperature does not drop below +5 ° C, and sweet peppers – when the temperature drops below +15 ° C. During this time, we sow onions, carrots, dill, beets, parsley, lettuce, radishes and parsnips. Unplanted areas do not remain bare: if there is nothing to plant, green manure is used.
Signs of September
September – the beginning of autumn with cold winds and drizzling rain. However, this month is characterized by a warm period in the middle and at the end, known as “Indian summer”. Our ancient ancestors predicted the weather for the coming days, months and even the whole year, based on the behavior of animals, birds, changes in the movement of clouds, wind and sun. Here are some highlights for September:
- If the sky is overcast, birds will soon fly south;
- September thunder portends a warm autumn;
- good and clear weather promises leeches if they lie at the bottom;
- If the southern cranes fly high, calmly and talk to each other, this portends a good warm autumn;
- September folk readings include: Frogs jumping ashore and croaking during the day will “talk” about the coming rain. A fish jumping out of the water promises the same thing;
- cobwebs on plants are warm. Autumn tench portends good weather;
- the drier and warmer the first month of autumn, the later winter will come;
- As long as the cherry is green, there will be no snow on the ground, no matter how much it falls;
- if the mouse uses flax as a nest, the winter will be snowy.