While summer is a great time for planting vegetables, fall is also a great time for planting vegetables. Summer heat can really dry out most vegetables, but fall brings cooler temperatures and more moisture. While the weather might still be warmer and brighter, there’s still plenty to be done in your vegetable garden in September to give you healthy vegetables all through the year. Check out these tips for what vegetables to plant in September. If you haven’t started planting yet, now is the time to get started. It won’t take long before you’ll be ready for winter planting!
Start planting vegetables in September with the first summer crops. Your planting zone may not be as large as it was in the spring so there won’t be as many weeds to pull. It also depends on the rainfall in your area. If you live in a place with average rainfall, then planting vegetables in the fall is really not necessary. But if you live in an area where the soil is extremely muddy or if the leaves on the trees change color, you should probably plant vegetables in the summer to reduce problems with weeds.
Some of the best vegetables to plant in late summer or early fall are tomatoes, peppers and squash. Stay away from beans, zucchini and potatoes. These vegetables won’t thrive unless you put them in a greenhouse or some type of indoor garden. If you have the room for a small greenhouse, then grow your vegetables in it in the summer. They’ll be healthier in the fall and winter.
However, some types of peppers, such as Serrano, are best planted in the late summer or fall months. Tomatoes can be harvested sooner if they are left in the ground until the last few days of August or September. But if you’re in a location that has a short growing season, then July or August would be a good time to harvest tomatoes. Some varieties, such as the Italian variety, have a red color and are very ripe when they are picked. Other varieties can be green (or straw colored) once they are picked. Grow peppers for their flavor and to keep in shape after harvest.
Cauliflower grows well in all four zone systems. This is why so many people grow cauliflower in zones 2, 3 and even 4. They have a hardy temperament and will do well no matter what part of the country you live in. The full sun zone tends to favor tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, while the shade-loving zones tend to favor squash, beans and zucchini.
Tomatoes and peppers are popular July vegetables. And, beets are always welcome! Beets, in particular, are very hearty plants and can tolerate being planted in almost any part of the garden. There are varieties that grow best growing in the shade, but there are also those that grow best in the sun. If you’re not sure which variety to get, go with a variety that will tolerate both kinds.
When planning your garden and the vegetables to plant in it, make sure that you follow the directions for each type carefully. Even though you can buy tomato seeds at your local garden center, some of the more exotic varieties may require a bit more work when planting them. You’ll want to do your digging and preparing early in the year. Make sure that you have a tester to check the soil moisture in advance of planting so that you can plan your July vegetables accordingly.
Be careful not to over-water your vegetables. It’s best to water just enough to moisten the seeds. Once you’ve gotten all of your planting trimmings in, then just dig the holes and place the seeds. Most seed packets have information about how much each type of vegetable will grow in the specific hole that they are planted in. Then you’re off to the garden!