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Garden Gossip

September, 2021

Daylilies and Iris

Daylilies and tall bearded iris can be transplanted successfully in the fall. Dig each clump of daylilies with as much root system as possible, knock off the soil and some of the plants should separate.  Plant the divisions about 12 to 18″ a part and keep them well watered for a couple of weeks until they are established.

Dig your iris, divide and remove any damaged parts from the rhizomes, replant. Trim the leaves into the shape of a fan. If left untrimmed the wind can blow them over and uproot them. Do not plant too deeply as the rhizomes need sun. Water about twice a week until they are rooted in. Bone meal is a good fertilizer as well as 6-10-10. Fertilize in early spring and again about a month after bloom. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers since it encourages rot problems.

Fall Vegetables

September is a good time to start planting the fall vegetable garden. Make sure you select a site that has full sun. It should be well drained. Seeds are less expensive than plants so get the best. Plant small seed, such as turnips and carrots 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Plant larger seeds 1 inch deep. We sell Botanical Interest Seeds and Renee Garden Seeds. All the 2022 seeds are now available. You may plant broccoli, kale, cauliflower, collards, turnips, beets and carrots for harvest in early winter. If the weather remains very hot wait to plant your lettuce seeds since they plants will bolt in hot weather.

If you would rather buy plants we will have those available about the middle of September. The lettuce plants will be available about the end of September.

Fall Bulbs

Bulbs should be arriving about the middle of September. The bulbs we carry are for our southern climate. They will provide seasonal color and naturalize very well. Plant your bulbs in full sun in well drained soil twice as deep as the bulb is tall. Cover the bulbs with soil and water. Don’t forget the bulb booster.

Do you think your soil is too acid or alkaline? The proper PH is crucial for gardening success. Call your county agent for a soil test kit and for a small fee, you will find your problem and how to correct it.

Trees and Shrubs

The shrubs and trees should be arriving about the middle of September. Fall is a good time to plant since the weather is cooler and we usually get some rain during the winter months. There should be a very good selection of flowering trees as well as shade trees.

Dig your hole twice as wide as the container the plant is in and only as deep as the container. Mix a little Black Kow in with the existing soil. Always water when you plant to settle the soil around the plant and remove any air pockets.

The camellias will be arriving the middle of September also. It is a good time to choose and plant new camellias when they are in bloom. Fertilize camellias in late winter with an azalea-camellias fertilizer or a general all purpose fertilizer such as 13-13-13. Apply one half pound for each well established plant six to eight feet tall.

Citrus trees can be sprayed with ultra fine oil mixed with Neem Oil. This helps control greasy spot and mites

Spring Annuals

The 2022 wildflower seed is now is stock. October through January is an excellent time to plant seed for these spring flowering annuals. They bring an abundance of color to the spring garden. Many of these seeds need the cold weather to help them germinate. Prepare the area by lightly tilling or raking the area. Then sow the seed with 1 part seed to 4 parts sand. This helps to disperse the seed so there won’t be clumps of seed in one place and none in the other. Then water everything in. The seeds are sold for $1.00 per tablespoon or teaspoon depending on the size of the seeds.

Pansies and Snapdragons will be arriving about the first of October