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September in the Garden

I am continuing this series of articles and hope that you find them helpful and inspiring. In September, there is quite a bit to do in the garden depending on what you want to grow.  Our gardens still need to be cared for so that they will do well, and we will have a plentiful harvest. By caring for our gardens, we are also caring for ourselves – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The Jackson County Master Gardener Association has a great resource for gardeners to use. It is the Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month.  This great reference book for gardeners is mainly about growing vegetables, berries, and melons.

September is the time to:

  • Mid-month, pickoff blossoms and very small fruits from peppers and eggplants to all remaining fruit to mature.
  • Cover the flower heads of sunflowers to keep from the birds.
  • Time to prune tips and flowers from tomatoes to allow the plant to concentrate on maturing the remaining fruits.

  • Direct Seed
o   Arugula o   Chervil
o   Corn Salad o   Cress
o   Fava Beans o   Kale
o   Lettuce o   Mustard Greens
o   Turnip Greens o   Onions
o   Radishes o   Spinach
  • Transplant
o   Broccoli, fall variety o   Broccoli, sprouting types
o   Cabbage – fall or winter varieties o   Cauliflower – late variety
o   Celery o   Chinese Cabbage
o   Garlic o   Pak Choi
o   Shallot bulbs


  • Control Pests and Diseases
    • Breeding season for slugs and snails starts in the fall. Bait for them for the next two months.
    • Bacterial canker is a problem for blueberries. Use of fixed copper sprays starting before the rainy season and repeated in early January, may help to control this disease.
    • Bunch rot can be a problem for ripening grapes. Pick off damaged leaves.



Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month. This book contains a wealth of gardening information. You can purchase it at our local Grange Co-op or at the OSU Extension office for $21.00. It can also be purchased on-line at  Note that a shipping fee will be applied.



Happy Gardening

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