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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

September 1 to September 31- 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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Is it time to put away our gardening tools and relax in the garden now that it is September? Absolutely not. Early fall is the beginning of a whole new gardening season, one that sets the tone for many springs to follow.


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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.) Plant spring flowering bulbs.

1. Make a plan to plant a variety of spring flowering bulbs, including daffodils, tulips, and crocuses. By mixing it up a bit, you can wow yourself and your family with a stunning spring flower display without a lot of effort.


2.) Plant garlic to harvest next summer.

2. Plant garlic now to harvest next summer. Garlic is easy to plant. 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.

  • Garlic, Music, , large
  • Garlic, German Red, , large
  • Garlic, Italian Late, , large

3.) Harvest and enjoy late ripening vegetables.

3. Harvest and enjoy pumpkins, winter squash, and other late ripening vegetables, including the last of the tomatoes and peppers. Try some new recipes to use up all the produce you have.

4.) Sow seeds for quick ripening crops.

4. Sow seeds for quick ripening crops or seeds for cover crops to keep the weeds from taking over in the vegetable garden. 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.

  • Cover Crop, Winter Rye Organic, , large
  • Radish, Roxanne Hybrid, , large
  • Radish, Perfecto, , large

5.) Extend season with row covers.

5. Extend the growing season by using row covers to keep off early light frost. 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
  • TunLcover, , large
  • Bio-Star 1500 Premium Cold Frame, , large