Middle South

September, 2003
Regional Report

Pick Peppers

Whether sweet, hot, or somewhere in between, peppers always wait until late in the season to load up with fruit. Pick ripe fruits daily, and tie heavily laden branches to stakes to keep them from breaking. Or allow the plants to lie down on ground that's covered with a clean mulch.

Sow Cooking Greens

Plant turnips and mustard now, and you'll have the finest cooking greens you can imagine in about six weeks. To keep the soil moist enough for the germinating seeds, cover the seeded soil with an old blanket or cardboard box for two days after planting.

Repair Cool-Season Lawns

If your lawn is fescue or bluegrass, this is a great time to overseed thin areas with fresh seed. Rake first so that the seeds are in firm contact with open soil. Fertilize these grasses with an organic or timed-release fertilizer and they will green up beautifully just in time for fall.

Plant Parsley

Sow fresh seeds of parsley and cilantro in beds or containers. If possible, grow these herbs in a bed that can be covered with a plastic tunnel in the winter. Beneath a protective tunnel, the young plants will survive winter and be in fine picking condition early in the spring.

Sow Rose Campion

Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) thrives in our region, where it grows as a robust biennial. Sow seeds now, and the little plants will stand through winter and bloom late next spring. In pink or magenta, rose campion is a champion reseeder. Plant it once, and you will probably have it forever.

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