• Garden Tips for September

    Fall vegetable garden

    The weather will direct your efforts in the vegetable garden in early autumn–September. Frost may strike even the mildest regions in early autumn. Know the average first frost date for your area. This date will allow you to plan your garden activities; you may have plenty of days to get new crops in or you […] More

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  • September Vegetable Garden

    Summer squash and zucchini

    Vegetable crops will begin to take longer to ripen in September. Give melons, limas, and tomatoes more time to ripen naturally. Eggplants are ready for harvest when they are shiny. Beans, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, and summer squash will not ripen or mature once they are picked. They will keep for a week or two in […] More

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  • Regional Garden Tips for September

    Cucumber harvest

    The weather will direct your efforts in the vegetable garden in September. Frost may strike even the mildest of regions before the end of the month. Know the average first frost date for your area. This date will allow you to plan your garden activities and prepare for cold weather in advance. The average first […] More

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  • September Garden in the Northern Hemisphere

    Fig harvest

    September is the ninth month of the year these days, but under the old Roman calendar, September was the seventh month. The Latin word for “seven” is septem. The autumnal equinox will arrive on September 22 this year in the northern half of the world, summer will end and autumn will begin. September is one […] More

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  • September Garden in the Southern Hemisphere

    September brings in spring and ends winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The first day of spring in the southern part of the world this year is September 22. On this day, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. The time between sunrise and sunset is exactly 12 hours. March […] More

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  • The End of September Harvest

    It really does feel like the end of summer here in the Sonoma Valley this week. The weather has turned breezy and slightly cooler. At the farm market in the Sonoma town plaza this past Tuesday evening a sweater was in order once the sun dipped below the valley edge. Our growers still have a […] More

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  • Early September Fresh Harvest

    Bean Scarlet Runner The heat lovers come into their own this time of year: melons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, lima beans and corn. And the potato and sweetpotato crops will be coming on storng in the next weeks. Enjoy your visit to the farm market this week. Here’s a list of some of the crops that […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, Prune, and Harvest Raspberry

    Raspberries on vine

    Raspberries are perhaps the most delicate fruit. This makes them a good choice for home growing and fresh picking. Just harvested raspberries quickly pass from ripe to overripe. It is difficult to find them just right at the market; they should be eaten within a day or two of picking, otherwise, they should be frozen […] More

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  • When to Plant Radishes

    A bunch of radishes in the garden.

    Radishes grow best in the cooler time of the year. Most are hardy to spring and autumn chills; a few varieties can withstand the summer heat. Sow seeds for small early varieties 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. Plant midseason or summer varieties in mid to late spring. Late varieties—called winter radishes—should be […] More

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  • When to Plant Celery

    Celery seedlings

    Grow an early and late or main crop of celery each growing season. The early crop will be harvested in August; the late crop will be harvested in September or October, before the first fall frost. Start celery seed indoors. Sow seed for the early or August harvest in February. Set young plants in the […] More

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  • When to Plant Cauliflower

    Cauliflower seedlings

    Set cauliflower seedlings in the garden about two or three weeks before the average last frost date, not earlier. Sow cauliflower seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before setting seedlings in the garden. Cauliflower grows best at 57° to 68°F (14°-20°C). Time cauliflower planting so that plants do not mature in hot, head-stunting summer weather. […] More

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