Starting A Vegetable Garden
Planting directly in the ground can be easier than raising vegetable beds, but it also requires careful attention to soil conditions. Make sure the soil is well drained and rich in nutrients.
Each vegetable variety has specific care requirements that differ based on size and climate zone. Use a garden map to locate zones.
As soon as the cold snap sets in from November onwards, gardeners can kiss goodbye to any growth in their vegetable patches.
But that doesn’t mean gardeners should shut up shop after summer and resume gardening in spring.
Taking the time to seed overwintering vegetables in September will give them a good window to establish themselves before winter begins.
This means that they’re well-placed to flourish when the temperature starts to rise once more.
Bryan Clayton, CEO of GreenPal, with 22 years of experience in the landscaping and gardening industry told Express.co.uk: “September is a wonderful time to get your hands dirty in the garden, especially if you’re looking for vegetables that are easy to grow and require minimal effort.”
The gardening expert claimed that the “best vegetable to plant in September” is spinach.
He said: “Spinach is a superb choice for September planting. It’s a cool-season crop that actually thrives in the milder temperatures of early autumn.”
For those unsure of how to go about planting spinach, Bryan has shared how.
The first step is to prepare the soil. Make sure the soil is well-drained and rich in organic matter. A pH level of 6.5 to seven is classed as “ideal”.
The next step is to plant the vegetable. Sow the seeds about half an inch deep and two to three inches apart in rows.
After sowing the seeds, gardeners need to keep the soil consistently moist but “not waterlogged”.
The final step for growing spinach is the harvesting process. Gardeners will be able to harvest as soon as leaves are large enough to eat, generally in about 40 to 45 days.
While there are some vegetables that are perfect for growing now, there are some that Bryan has urged gardeners “not to plant in September”.
As these are warm-season plants, they “won’t fare well” with the decreasing daylight and cooler temperatures.
Similar to tomatoes, peppers need a lot of heat and sun, which “September generally can’t provide”.
These also prefer the warm, sunny days of summer and usually “can’t handle the transition” into autumn.
Bryan concluded that by focusing on crops like spinach that are well-suited for September’s conditions, gardeners can “maximise yield with minimal effort”, making the gardening experience both “rewarding and enjoyable”.