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Late Summer Gardening Helps and Tips

Posted September 03, 2019

The season for many plants is beginning to close, but the vegetable patch will be bountiful as your crops mature.  Harvest fruits and vegetables as soon as they are ready, and deadhead flowering plants regularly to prolong their display.  Taking note of tasks to be completed and keeping a slow and steady pace will keep you on track. 

Here are some gardening helps and tips to get you off on the right finish~

Crops to sow:
Kohlrabi, lettuces, spinach, spring cabbages, Swiss chard, bok choy, turnips and rutabagas.

Crops to plant: 

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beets, peas (in mild climates), and strawberries.

Continue to:

  • Weed beds and borders regularly, including the vegetable patch.
  • Mow lawn regularly.  Use clippings for mulch or compost.
  • Provide water for birds and garden wildlife.
  • Lift and dry late onions and shallots.
  • Water all crops regularly.
  • Water and feed container and basket displays regularly.
  • Deadhead flowering plants for a long-lasting display.
  • Tie up new growth climbers and wall shrubs

Essential Jobs:

  • Clear away any old growth and debris as plants and crops dies back.
  • Remove any fallen leaves and plant debris from the surface of ponds.
  • Take semi-ripe cuttings of tender perennials now.
  • Prune back and tie up summer raspberries after fruiting.
  • Cut back this year’s growth on lavender bushes.
  • Collect seeds from annuals and perennials.  
  • Check corn for ripeness before harvesting.
  • Prune the new summer growth on wisterias.
  • Wasps around fruits crops? Hang traps near your plants and in fruit trees.


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