Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 7-8

September 1 to September 30-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

Here’s what’s happening in your gardening region:

September on the calendar indicates a moderation in the temperature in the garden. The sunny, early fall days are still warm and getting back into the garden is a pleasure again. Here are some things for you to do in September.


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Kate is an avid veggie gardener and writer.
She is a board member of the Garden Writer's Association. She authored 2 books: The Downsized Veggie Garden (Feb 2016) and New York & New Jersey Month by Month Gardening (Aug 2016).

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1.) The second season is upon us.

1. Fall is often called the most underused season. Cooler days and more frequent rainfall are perfect for ‘spring’ crops to grow in. Learn more about this great second season in the garden.


2.) Quick Crops for Fall.

2. The best fall crops are those that don’t take long to mature. Snow peas are harvested before the peas inside mature and some cabbages and broccoli all mature in just 60 days! Just be ready with a cloth to protect them if an early frost threatens.


  • Cabbage, Earliana, , large
  • Pea, Snowbird, , large
  • Broccoli, Bonanza Hybrid, , large

3.) Plant Perennials.

3. We usually think about planting perennials in spring but cool fall days are also a great time to plant them. Perennial flowers and vegetables such as strawberries and blueberries can all be planted in fall giving you a great start for next year’s garden.

4.) New Fall Perennials.

4. Perennial that bloom from spring to summer are usually planted in spring but most can also be planted in fall. Warm soil and less bugs gives them a good environment to start putting out roots before winter hits.


  • Achillea, Cherries Jubilee, , large
  • Astilbe, Burgundy Red, , large
  • Gloriosa Daisy, Gloriosa Double  Gold, , large

5.) Start Composting.

5. Compost is one of the most important things that you can add to your garden and compost is easy to start in your back garden. Just add kitchen and garden waste to the composter and get great compost in time for your spring garden.


  • Kitchen Compost Pail, , large
  • Backyard Composter, , large
  • Compost Wizard Dual Tumbler, , large