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Landscapes, Gardens & More in the Florida Panhandle

September 2018

September; the month that has the magic day that summer ends and fall begins. Also we celebrate Labor Day this month and Grandparents day. Summer may end and fall begin but the temperature keeps me working early in the morning and late in the evening. The days will get drier and the summer weeds will finish blooming and setting seeds. If we don’t want to enjoy them as wild flowers next year, be sure to mow them down before they bloom or pull them up. Don’t forget Grandparents day. This is the day that all of the grandchildren are supposed to come and help with September outdoor tasks. If you figure out a way to make this happen please share it with me so I can use it in the future.

The yard is beginning to brown a little and the grass is getting ready for resting. You can prolong the green with regular watering. The shrubs are in a hurry to finish getting ready for fall. Buds are being set for later fall and winter blooms while some are working on spring blooms such as azaleas and dogwoods.

You can set out any plants that are in containers now but keep them watered. This early planting will help them establish a strong root system for growing in the spring. It is not a good time to transplant shrubs and trees unless they have previously been root pruned. Bare root plants need to wait until mid-December or after, here in the panhandle.

Fall vegetables are ready for the garden. I have two beds of sweet potatoes growing that we planted a couple of months ago. Never tried them in raised beds before but they look real promising.

As soon as you get your garden ready you can plant Arugula, Beets, Bush beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Radish, Spinach, Turnips and Kohlrabi. You may plant these in the ground or in raised beds.

Hope you have a great fall and September holidays. If we can help, contacts us at 850-638-8243, or visit us at 1534 Orange Hill Rd., Chipley, FL. 32428

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