Lower South

September, 2003
Regional Report

Still Time To Plant Summer Veggies

There is still time to plant squash, cucumbers, and green beans. But we must get these plants in soon if we hope to have a good harvest before frost, so don't delay. Choose varieties that mature quickly.

Get a Head Start On Cool-Season Vegetables

Spinach and lettuce love cool weather. Rather than wait to direct seed them out in the garden, you can get a head start by sowing seeds indoors now. When the plants are up and growing, move the trays outside to a very bright, shady spot, then into some morning sun. They'll be ready to transplant about four weeks after seeding.

Try Marigolds Instead of Mums

Plant marigolds now for a gorgeous fall display that will last until the first frost. The large blooms of the African marigolds make an especially dramatic splash of yellow and orange color that will put mums to shame. Mites are not nearly the problem in fall that they are in summer. Keep the young plants well watered, and fertilize them lightly every two weeks.

Keep Roses in Top Condition

Roses are gearing up for their big fall bloom show. A late-summer shearing will encourage a new flush of growth followed by super blooms in October. Keep foliage diseases in check with periodic spraying. That foliage is the carbohydrate factory that brings on more blooms.

Prep Herb Gardens for Fall

Shear back herb plants that are ragged looking from the effects of summer. They will respond with new growth in the coming months. Fall is a great time for herbs, and that new growth will develop some wonderful flavor for cooking and making herbal oils and vinegars.

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