September is when the gardening season increases in intensity, and deadlines loom: Seeds are started indoors and out, fruit trees are planted and pruned, and procrastination for building new garden beds has reached its limit. Yet the crisp, fresh air holds a steady hopefulness and excitement for a bountiful garden season. Here’s what you need to know to have a great spring garden. I must admit that the rare real winter we’re experiencing here in NE Victoria has pushed back my plans a bit. Have you had to survive frequent cold and rain as I have? Heat and hot water are really appreciated!
I’m not too worried about my garden plans being a bit behind schedule. Every year will be different: it’s a chance to ebb and flow with Mother Nature, rather than arbitrary deadlines. So don’t stress out if you’re behind. You can still do all of the things on the July and August lists.
I’m in what is considered to be cool temperate region of Australia, which may or may not apply to your location. 15 MINUTES A DAY
I like to set aside 15 minutes every day for gardening activities. This keeps gardening at the forefront of my mind and maintains it as a priority without requiring me to give up “real life” stuff.
HARVEST FROM UNDER PROTECTION OUTDOORS
Collards, Kale Beet, Spinach Leek Lettuce Swiss chard
Build new garden beds
Construct garden infrastructure: rain catchment systems, fences, compost systems, etc.
Prune existing fruit trees and bushes
Add soil amendments to garden beds. (Apply responsibly: Never apply soil amendments to frozen ground, over-saturated ground, or right before a large rain event.)Beet, Spinach Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Radish, Turnip Carrots Lettuce
SOW SEEDS OUTSIDE
Kale Lettuce Peas Sweet Alyssum
Asparagus Fruit trees & Berry bushes Kale Lettuce Onion Rhubarb Strawberry plants
Weather dictates actions more than annual calendars. I’ll be waiting until the last frosts to do a lot of these items, but I’m itching to get outside.
How about you? Are you having a good start to the gardening season?
Susan and her husband live in Beechworth Victoria, Australia.
We would love to have you visit.......... again soon!