Seasonal Advice for September: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

Here's seasonal advice for September 2013!

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."

Labor Day is always the first Monday in September. (In 2013, it falls on the 2nd). Canadians also observe Labour Day.

Hear ye! Hear ye! The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac officially goes on sale everywhere on September 10, 2013! Purchase your copy of the 2014 edition here!

Did you know that Grandparents Day is celebrated on Sunday, September 8 this year? Honor your grandparents today—and every day!

In 2013, Rosh Hashanah is observed on September 5 and marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is observed on the 14th.

Get ready for fall! The Autumnal Equinox falls on September 22 this year.  At this time, there are approximately equal hours of daylight and darkness. See your day length.

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 Pie
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.

See more gardening jobs for September.

Everyday Advice

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.



The Full Harvest Moon falls on September 19 this year. What makes the Harvest Moon different? Find out here.

Enjoy the September night air and world of celestial objects above! Check out our monthly Sky Watch for the best 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.


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Hi there.
First time trying to a) turn down a garden in the winter and b) keeping some plants over the winter.

How do I do either in the New England area?

I'm hoping to plant potatoes over the winter (those I'll put in soon), and keeping my perennial vegetables (Kale, Swiss chard, and garlic) over the winter.

Any suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated!

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Here is an article, "Putting the Garden to Bed," which you might find useful:
You may also enjoy this video on planting vegetables in autumn for all and winter harvest:
We also have growing guides for common vegetables including Kale:
and Garlic:
Hope this points you in the right direction. There is a lot on this Web site!

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