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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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There’s still a lot going on in the garden in September! The days are cooling down, and so are the nights, so we can start planting and dreaming of 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, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Plan for a beautiful spring with fall-planted bulbs. Order them before they are sold out.

1. Plan for a beautiful spring with fall-planted bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and crocuses. Buy them now before they are sold out, then plant them later in the fall. When spring comes, enjoy the display of color.

2.) Plant garlic in the fall to harvest next summer. Order bulbs early to avoid the disappointment of finding them sold out.

2. Plant garlic to harvest next summer. Order bulbs early to avoid the disappointment of finding them sold out. They are easy to grow. Just divide each garlic bulb into cloves, then plant the cloves about three inches apart. Each clove will produce a nice sized garlic bulb ready to harvest in late June/early July the following year. For best results, choose hardneck varieties for Zones 5 and 6.

  • Garlic, Romanian Red , , large
  • Favorite Northern Garlic Collection, , large
  • Garlic, Ajo Rojo, , large

3.) Enjoy the last of the late ripening vegetables like winter squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes.

3. Enjoy the last of the late ripening vegetables like winter squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes. It’s a great time to try new recipes.

4.) Sow seeds for quick ripening vegetables or cover crops to crowd out weeds and enrich the soil.

4. Sow seeds for quick ripening vegetables or cover crops to crowd out weeds and enrich the soil. 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.

  • Radish, Fire 'N Ice, , large
  • Kale, Dazzling Blue, , large
  • Cover Crop, Winter Rye Organic, , large

5.) Keep the vegetable garden going just a little longer with frost protectors.

5. Keep the vegetable garden going just a little longer with frost protectors. Frost may come as early as late September in some areas. Row covers trap heat during the day and then release it at night, protecting those late crops from light frosts 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
  • Easy Fix Double Cold Frame, , large