18 Sep The Gardener’s Checklist for the Mountain States Region
â€¢ If you havenâ€™t already sketched out the garden as it was this year, do so now.
â€¢ If you admired a new and different vegetable or fruit in a friendâ€™s gardenâ€”or at the fairâ€”make a note of that.
â€¢ Continue to keep track of your harvests by making notes in your garden journal or calendar.
â€¢ Go through the garden and clean up and remove any â€œtiredâ€ plants or plants you didnâ€™t love. Make a note, what would have been terrific in that spot?
â€¢ Save those seeds.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ A great time to repair any spots in the lawn, use a premium lawn seed or turf from a reputable turf company.
â€¢ For the lawn, apply your second application of organic fertilizer this month.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Keep the lawn mowed and the mower blade sharp.
â€¢ Mow down the asparagus fronds and add an inch or so of mulch over the cleaned up area.
â€¢ Keep up with the harvest of all the produce.
â€¢ Clean up the expired plants as you go. If they are disease free, compost them.
â€¢ Consider leaving the variety of seed heads and pods for fall and winter interest.
â€¢ Eradicate weeds, especially before they go to seed.
Sow and plant
â€¢ Plant Asian greens, arugula, beets, and kale.
â€¢ Check the sales for cane fruits, trees and shrubs. This is the perfect time to plant any of those.