• If you haven’t already sketched out the garden as it was this year, do so now.
• If you admired a new and different vegetable or fruit in a friend’s garden—or at the fair—make a note of that.
• Continue to keep track of your harvests by making notes in your garden journal or calendar.
• Go through the garden and clean up and remove any “tired” plants or plants you didn’t love. Make a note, what would have been terrific in that spot?
• Save those seeds.
• Carefully place mesh onion bags over the heads of the tall sunflowers to keep the birds and squirrels from stripping the flowers of their seeds. This may require a stepladder for getting to the top of these giants, so be careful.
• A great time to repair any spots in the lawn, use a premium lawn seed or turf from a reputable turf company.
• For the lawn, apply your second application of organic fertilizer this month.
• With the cooler weather, check to see if you can get by with once a week irrigation. You can reset the timer on your sprinkler system accordingly.
• Keep the lawn mowed and the mower blade sharp.
• Mow down the asparagus fronds and add an inch or so of mulch over the cleaned up area.
• Keep up with the harvest of all the produce.
• Clean up the expired plants as you go. If they are disease free, compost them.
• Consider leaving the variety of seed heads and pods for fall and winter interest.
• Eradicate weeds, especially before they go to seed.
Sow and plant
• Plant Asian greens, arugula, beets, and kale.
• Check the sales for cane fruits, trees and shrubs. This is the perfect time to plant any of those.