Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

September, 2000
Regional Report

Sow Salad Greens

So what if you've already planted lettuce or mesclun? Plant some more! By planting a few pinches of seed every 10 days or so, you'll have a steady supply of tender baby greens to enjoy through early winter. Provide plenty of water and give them a shot of liquid fertilizer to keep your greens growing fast and strong.

Plant Parsley

Slow-germinating parsley seeds need time to get going. Sow them now and sow them thickly. I like to plant a mix of curled and flat-leafed parsley in my garden. Also sow a fall crop of cilantro, which will grow to picking size in a matter of weeks, and also survive winter with a little protection.

Dig Sweet Potatoes

Dig sweet potatoes now, even though there\'s still more growing season left in this year. Leaving sweet potatoes in the ground too long and you\'ll be digging lunkers -- huge tubers that taste fine but will hardly fit on a plate. Besides, when you harvest in hot weather you can cure your sweet potatoes in a steamy garage or other outbuilding for a week. Curing converts starches to sugars making sweet potatoes sweet.

Plant Scallions

Growing scallions for fall is as easy as buying a bunch of green onions with roots on them at your local garden center and planting them in the soil. They start growing right away, bunching and producing plenty of scallions for the fall table. Skinny transplants work best, especially if you trim them back by one third before planting.

Plant Strawberries

Work compost and rotted manure into raised rows before setting out strawberries. Take care to set plants so that the crowns sit above the soil line. For weed free berries, mulch with a fabric weed barrier or perforated black plastic topped with one inch of pine needles. See Favorite Plants for my favorite variety; 'Cardinal'.


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