Here's seasonal advice for September 2014!
September, in Old England, was called Haervest-monath (Harvest Month). This is the time to gather up the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter months.
There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember—
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dyes the flowers of September!
—Mary Howitt (1799-1888)
September's name comes from the Latin word septem, meaning "seven." This had been the seventh month of the early Roman calendar, which is why its name means "seven."
This year, the first day of September brings Labor Day (which is the first Monday in September). Canadians also observe Labour Day.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac is now on sale! Get your copy of the 2015 edition here!
Did you know that Grandparents Day is celebrated on Sunday, September 7 this year? Honor your grandparents today—and every day!
The month wraps up with Michaelmas, on September 29; this is an ancient Celtic "Quarter Day" which marked the end of the harvesting season and steeped in folklore.
Recipes for the Season
We like to think of September as the month of homegrown apples. Here are a few recipes for this fruit of the season:
Apple Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup
Baked Apples Filled with Sausage
For more recipes, use our Recipe Search.
Correct any soil deficiencies you've noticed; healthy soil is crucial to healthy plants. See more on soil amendments and fixes.
Compost should be watered during dry periods so that it remains active. Learn more about composting.
Onions are nearly ripe when the tips of the leaves turn yellow. See our onion page for harvesting tips.
Sunflower seeds are best dried while still in the plant. See more about how to harvest the seeds.
If you're running out of ideas on where to store your crops, try using a root cellar.
If you're planning on baking some apple pies, try consulting our chart of the best apples for baking to help you.
Do you still have herbs left over? If so, use them to make your own herbal remedies.
Try this fun fall craft using apples: Apple Heads.
Help out the birds this coming winter by preparing some bird food for them.
Check out our monthly Sky Watch for the best night sky events.
Folklore for the Season
- Heavy September rains bring drought.
- September blow soft, till the fruit's in the loft.
- Married in September's golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go.
- If the storms of September clear off warm, the storms of the following winter will be warm.