5 Plants to Grow in September

5 Plants to Grow in September

Ah, September, the month that signifies the end of hot summer days and the beginning of fall. Although the days are getting shorter and temperatures are slowly dropping, there is still time to grow and harvest a few crops before the first frost.

You can plant until your final planting date. To figure out what your final planting date is, find the first frost date for your area, and count back to two weeks before the first frost date. For example, if your first frost date is October 21, then your last planting date is October 7.

Here are 5 plants to grow in September. These plants can withstand a few chills, one of these plants can even withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees!

A lettuce head with drops of water on it

1. Lettuce

Lettuce is a popular cool-weather plant that grows in the blink of an eye. Perfect for kids or beginner gardeners who want results fast. If the temperatures are still that of summer, sow in partial shade to prevent bolting. Some varieties mature in as little as 30 days! Sow every two weeks until the last planting date for lettuce all season.

Swiss Chard lying on a white surface

2. Swiss Chard

Like lettuce, swiss chard is a cool-season crop that will also bolt in summer temperatures. It matures in 50-75 days. Mature swiss chard can even withstand short periods of freezing. Swiss chard is best grown as a cut and come again crop. Swiss chard is a perfect way to add some colorful pop and freshness to your salads!

Different colored radishes

3. Radishes

Who wants to add some bright zesty peppery flavor to their dishes? Radishes are the quickest maturing fall crop on this list. It can be ready in a soon as 3 weeks after sowing for harvest. It grows lightning fast, so sow seeds 2 weeks apart until the last planting date. By the end of the season, you’ll have more radishes than you can use.

Cilantro leaves from above

4. Cilantro (Coriander)

Clarification: Cilantro are the leaves, coriander are the seeds. All right, back to our regularly scheduled program.

Cilantro, one of the easiest herbs to grow, is a cool-season herb that is basically a two for one deal. Sow every two weeks until the last planting date for continuous harvest. Also, allow some plants to self-sow for new cilantro plants constantly.

Lots of kale growing

5. Kale

And last but not least, kale! Kale is a nutrient powerhouse that can grow throughout winter. It can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees! Kale even gets a sweeter more palatable taste in the winter because of the sugars produced in response to the cold. Perfect for gardening throughout fall and winter!

So What Are You Waiting For?

Go get those seeds! Buy those transplants! The best time to start these fall season plants is now. Although September isn’t even here yet, it’s best to give your plants the best chance they got. Send in photos of your fall gardens on Instagram with the hashtag #theblossominggardener.

Happy Gardening! Till we meet again.

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