Tofino Gardening in September 2005
by Trina Mattson, Tofino
Septembers here, and I was so preoccupied with weeding and fighting
off the mosquitoes, I totally forgot to get August’s Gardening
article in, so here’s the short and sweet of August, maintain,
water, weed, fertilize, drink margaritas, get a tan using a good spf
lotion, water, and weed some more. And anything you didn’t get
done in August can still be done in September so… The seasons
changing already, actually if anyone had the time, they might have
noticed that the change started in August. The leaves on the trees
were changing colour, and some even dropped them off earlier than usual.
Flowers that are normally blooming in September are almost finished
blooming now, and even the fish are dropping to the bottom of the pond
earlier in the day.
With that in mind, and a possible early fall, but
still probably with some heat to it, there are still projects to do
in the garden. Keep dead heading and fertilizing your baskets and containers
of bedding plants, get the maximum amount of bloomage out of your displays,
as they can bloom right into November if the weathers right. Harvest
your herbs, for drying, freezing or making herb infused oils. Trim
back any lavender for bushier and fuller plants. Pull out any dying
plants and make room for fall blossoms, such as mums, asters, black-eyed
Susans, winter blooming heathers and ornamental grasses.
the fall colour available in trees and shrubbery, the rosa rugosa‚s
hips are huge, the Autumn Blaze maple is doing just that, as well as
the Katsura, dwarf burning bush, dogwoods and smoke bush, they are
all showing their true colours now. Harvesting herbs, veggies, and
fruit is high on the list as well as seeding winter crops of lettuce,
collards, kales, beets, radishes etc.
Fertilize your lawns for the fall and with the cooler temperatures,
reseeding your lawn is okay as well. Dividing overgrown perennials
can be done mid to late September. Keep the leaves raked off the lawns
and out of gardens, as will help to eliminate the areas that bugs and
slugs can hide. Keep roses beds free of any fallen leaves as well.
Prune back any shrubs that have finished flowering, and fertilize with
a high potassium fertilizer. Generally start to winterize your gardens
and you won‚t get caught in the rain. Spring flowering bulbs
like daffodils and tulips are in this month, and supplies are always
limited, the best selection is available early. Check out any other
specials for fall as most garden centres are wanting to clear out perennials
etc. and fall is a great time to plant these, as well as trees and
shrubs, as the temperature is cooler, and easier on the plants. Keep
the pond clear of any debris that may clog up the filters, and block
streams, and as the temperature starts to drop, reduce the amount of
food you give to your fish. Keep an eye out for those pesky raccoons;
I have heard a number of people had their ponds cleaned out this year.
Start moving any of your indoor plants from outside to inside this
month. Remember to check for any bugs first.
Enjoy September in the garden.
Trina Mattson runs the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino