In this issue:

  1. September in the Garden
  2. Podcast: Bulbs & Ornamentals with Leslie Harris
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Fall Planting Guide
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden

September in the Garden

Fall is here! The Autumnal equinox was yesterday, and now we’re on a trajectory toward shorter days, cooler weather, and my favorite growing season. Cool-season crops grow best in the fall in warm-winter climates. Fewer bugs, maybe some rain, and a better environment overall for brassicas, root veggies, and greens.

In the Test Garden this week, we’re turning compost — a prep for harvesting black gold to amend our beds before planting. It’s time or pre-order garlic, onions, shallots, and fruit trees. Choose short day onions and shallots if you’re in the south, long or intermediate day varieties in northern climates (need an explanation? We’ve got a video for that). We prefer softneck garlic for southern climates as well (Kettle River Giant is a favorite because of its 9-month storage life). It’s also a great time to prep soil for tree planting. You’ll find how to do that in Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden. We started seeds for brassicas (kale, cabbage, broccoli, Romanesco, kohlrabi, and more) and they’ve already sprouted! Game (and grow lights) ON!

In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest Podcast, and our guide for best fall crops to grow. Fall is here, gardenerds. But in some places it’s still too hot to plant out tender greens. Keep an eye on temperatures – look for highs of 73ºF or lower in the 10-day forecast and wait until then.

Happy gardening,


Brassicas under growlights
Brassicas like kale, broccoli, cabbage and more are growing under lights.

2. Podcast: Bulbs & Ornamentals with Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris
Leslie Harris shares her expertise on bulbs and ornamentals for your garden.

In our latest podcast features Leslie Harris of LH Gardens. She lives in beautiful Charlottesville, VA and she shares her love of bulbs and ornamental garden tricks with us this week.

Podcast: Bulbs and Ornamentals with Leslie Harris

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Fall Planting Guide

First radish harvest
Plant radishes this fall. Left to right, French Breakfast, Cherry Belle, Helios, Purple Plum, and Pink Beauty

Every year we publish our helpful guide of what to grow this fall. Whether you grow from seed or buy transplants from the nursery, you’ll be eating well through winter if you grow these crops. Watch our Fall garden planting guide video:

Fall Planting Guide

If you prefer a written form of the guide, scroll down in this post.

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden

Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden Cover Art
Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden is here. Order your autographed copy today!

Are you planning to plant a fruit tree this fall/winter for fresh fruit in spring? Christy’s new book, Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden, has everything you need to get started growing fruit in small spaces. Whether you have a balcony, patio, or back yard (or front yard…hey, we did that at Gardenerd HQ) you’ll find the best guidelines for designing your space, choosing the best varieties, planting and care, and so much more. If you are thinking of planting fruit trees this fall, Get your autographed copy today! Already have a copy? Get an autographed bookplate to go inside your copy. Click the link below for details.

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We also have autographed copies of 2020’s Gardening for Geeks.

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from Fall is here so let’s get ready for the best growing season yet. Happy Gardening!

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