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Starting your own vegetable garden in September

5 Sep 2017
by Linda Canter

Would you like to eat homegrown vegetables and herbs from your own garden? Not many things are more fun than harvesting your food from your own vegetable garden. But is September the right time to start a vegetable garden?


Many people think that a vegetable garden should be started during spring time. This would mean that you are too late for sowing seeds now. Fortunately you can start with your own vegetable garden almost all year round. You take advantages the entire season if you start sowing in March. Everything grows super fast by the middle of the year and before you know it, you quickly can enjoy your own courgettes and tomatoes. But at the end of the summer or at the beginning of autumn, you can still sow many things too. This can be harvested in winter or spring whereafter the next season begins right away. So you now do not have to sit around and wait for spring to make a start.


What can you sow or plant in September?

If you start your vegetable garden now, of course you cannot sow every kind of seed and expect it to grow. For example, carrots and cucumbers would now not grow well or not at all. Sow this instead:


  • Different types of leafy greens such as spinach, butter lettuce, mâche lettuce and kale.
  • Radish
  • Watercress
  • Rucola
  • Lamb’s lettuce
  • Romaine
  • Sorrel
  • Turnip
  • Purslane
  • Parsley


You can still plant this in September:


  • Rhubarb. Make sure you plant them approximately one meter apart.
  • Garlic cloves
  • Onions. Different varieties are suitable for planting at the end of September. You will then have a very early harvest in spring.


Diseases and plagues


You will be faced with diseases and plagues in September as well. You want to protect your own grown crops and herbs as good as you can against this. Therefore take notice of the following things:


  • In general, it is cooler and more humid in September than in July and August. Snails enjoy this humid weather. Therefore, you see these unwanted guests in your garden much more often with rainy weather. To prevent them from eating the leaves of your crops, spread a layer of cocoa shells around your plants. Try catching the snails when you find them in your garden before they breed.
  • The leek moth and blossom end rot are still very active in September. These creatures are mainly on plants that cannot be sowed or planted during this time of the year, but you better be watchful because you do not want any brown or black inedible parts on your vegetables.


In short, it is never too late to start your own vegetable garden. You can enjoy gardening in spring, summer and autumn. Actually, you can enjoy sowing and harvesting throughout the entire year. You therefore do not have to delay your plan of starting a vegetable garden.

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