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gardening tips

Each month we remind you what to do, what to plant, and how to enjoy your central east coast Florida garden…

what to do in your garden in September

Vegetable seeds can be started now for your fall garden. Consider sowing them in peat or coir pellets; plant the entire unit when the seedlings have reached a good height.

When you prepare your vegetable and flower beds, be sure to add a generous amount of organic matter into your sandy soils. Peat moss, manure, mushroom compost, and compost are all great soil amendments.

Monitor your lawn for signs of insect and fungus damage, which could be made more persistent by the recent rains. Bring in samples if you’re not sure how to treat for damage.

It’s a terrific time to plant citrus trees. Be sure to give your trees plenty of room to grow; mature citrus can reach 30 feet tall and wide! If you plan properly you can enjoy fresh fruit from October through March, with early-, mid-, and late-season varieties.

Prune back citrus limbs that have grown out of control. Be sure to remove any dead wood from trees.

Remove seed pods from your crape myrtles to enjoy one more bloom cycle this month.

Annuals and perennials to plant this month include begonias, blue daze, bush daisy, buttercup, coleus, cosmos, gaillardia, guara, lysimachia, melampodium, pentas, plectranthus, salvia, sweet potato, and zinnia.

eggplant
September spotlight

Vegetables and herbs to plant this month include basil, beans, collards, coriander, corn, cucumber, eggplant (above), fennel, kale, marjoram, mint, mustard, onions, peas, peppers, radishes, rosemary, sage, squash, thyme, and tomatoes.