In September, the beginning of spring, there are several vegetables and flowers that you can plant in your garden. Here are some suggestions:
- Vegetables: Beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach, and spring onions are all great options for planting in September. These vegetables thrive in the cooler temperatures of spring.
- Flowers: Some flowers that you can plant in September include marigolds, pansies, petunias, primroses, snapdragons, and violas. These flowers will add color and beauty to your garden.
- Prepare the soil: Before planting, make sure to prepare the soil by removing any weeds and adding compost or organic matter mixed with organic humate to improve its fertility.
- Start seedlings indoors: If you want to get a head start on your garden, you can start some seeds indoors. This will allow them to germinate and grow before being transplanted outdoors. Mix humate at the rate of 10% into the seed mix – this will give them a good head start and will ensure that when you transplant the little plants into the garden they will quickly thrive.
- Protect from frost: Although spring brings warmer weather, frost can still occur in September. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and protect delicate plants from frost by covering them with cloths or using frost covers.
- Watering: As the weather starts to warm up, it’s important to keep your garden adequately watered. Water deeply and less frequently to encourage strong root growth. Liquid humate is ideal to use as this also helps in the growth of the plants. A good idea is to make up a solution in a bucket – mix ratios are on the label of the bottle – prior to planting out and soak the roots in. This will reduce the effect of the roots drying out and maintain moisture in the soil that the beneficial microbes will feed on. . Once the planting is done pour the remaining liquid into a watering can and then use it as a foliar feed over the plants. This is extremely beneficial.
- Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around your plants to help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature.
- Pruning and maintenance: September is also a good time to prune any dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs. It’s also a good time to clean up your garden by removing any debris or fallen leaves.