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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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.

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One of the busiest months in the garden should be September. Days are cooler so we can start planting and dreaming for the next year, while still enjoying what’s left of this growing season.


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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Plan for spring and purchase bulbs for a variety of spring flowering bulbs

1. Plan for spring and purchase bulbs for a variety of spring flowers, including daffodils, tulips, and crocuses. These are easy bulbs to plant, forget about over the winter, and then enjoy when they come up and flower in the spring.

2.) Plant garlic to harvest next summer

2. Plant garlic to harvest next summer. Divide each garlic bulb into cloves, then plant those. Each clove will produce a nice sized bulb ready to harvest in late June/early July the following year. Choose hardneck varieties for Zones 5 & 6 for best results. .

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  • Garlic, Premium Northern White , , large
  • Garlic, Deerfield, , large

3.) Harvest and enjoy late ripening vegetables

3. Harvest and enjoy late ripening vegetables, like pumpkins, winter squash, and the last of the tomatoes. As the days cool, they can be the basis for a hearty dinner.

4.) Keep weeds down in bare garden beds

4. Keep weeds down in bare garden beds by sowing seeds for quick ripening crops or cover crops. Cover crops can be cut down and turned over in the spring. Cold tolerant vegetables, such as radishes, can be harvested in as few as 30 days.

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  • Kale, Dazzling Blue, , large
  • Radish, Solaris Hybrid, , large

5.) Extend the growing season with frost protectors

5. Extend the growing season with frost protectors. Row covers trap heat during the day and then release it at night, keeping those late crops growing just a little bit longer. Or add a coldframe to your garden for use in both fall and spring.

  • Floating Row Cover, , large
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  • Bio-Star 1500 Premium Cold Frame, , large