Seasonal Advice for September: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

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)

Calendar

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!

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.

Gardening

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.

 

Nature

Try this fun fall craft using apples: Apple Heads.

Help out the birds this coming winter by preparing some bird food for them.

 
 

Astronomy

The Full Harvest Moon is early this year, falling on September 8. See our Full Harvest Moon Guide.

What makes the Harvest Moon different? Find out here.

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.

 

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Comments

Does it mean something when

By Becky L on September 19

Does it mean something when we an abundance of crickets? We have hundreds if not thousands of crickets everywhere! This is in w. Ks.

Just wanted to say hello to

By Patty Martin on September 10

Just wanted to say hello to all and that I'm sure it will be informative and fun to be a part of this site. Already learned what I needed to know about black eyed susans before I signed up! Happy Autumn to come! God bless

Which days are best for

By Leigha on September 9

Which days are best for fertility?

The best days are when the

By Almanac Staff on September 9

The best days are when the moon is in Scorpio. This information is not on our Web site. If interested, you can find next year's Moon Sign Calendar in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac here: 

http://www.almanac.com/product/buy-2015-old-farmers-almanac 

Or, we also sell just the digital chart for a small fee here:

http://www.almanac.com/product/2015-astrology-moons-sign-calendar

Thank you!

I live in New England, and I

By Karen Holroyd on September 2

I live in New England, and I am wondering at what time should I cut back and cover rose bushes for the fall and winter.

We do not prune roses in the

By Almanac Staff on September 3

We do not prune roses in the fall. Simply cut off diseased or dead canes. See the rest of our advice on the "Roses" page under "Winterizing Roses" here: http://www.almanac.com/plant/roses

Hi there. First time trying

By Andrea12345

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!
Thanks.

Here is an article, "Putting

By Almanac Staff

Here is an article, "Putting the Garden to Bed," which you might find useful: http://www.almanac.com/content/putting-garden-bed
You may also enjoy this video on planting vegetables in autumn for all and winter harvest: http://www.almanac.com/video/fall-vegetable-garden-planning-choosing-bes...
We also have growing guides for common vegetables including Kale: http://www.almanac.com/plant/kale
and Garlic:
http://www.almanac.com/plant/garlic
Hope this points you in the right direction. There is a lot on this Web site!

I live in the Phoenix, AZ

By George Heasley

I live in the Phoenix, AZ area. What can I plant in the fall season? Are there certain dates that are better to plant root crops?

In Phoenix, good fall crops

By Almanac Staff

In Phoenix, good fall crops to plant from now through early November include cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, chard, cucumber, kale, lettuce, onion (bulb and green) and radish. Contact your University of Arizona Cooperative Extension for more local detail; they often sponsor plant sales, too!

First time to your site. I

By Connie Pederson

First time to your site. I need to know what tie sunset will be in Burlington, VT, on Friday, Friday, Sept. 28th. Thank you.

Welcome! Please refer to our

By Almanac Staff

Welcome! Please refer to our Sunrise/Sunset tool here: http://www.almanac.com/sun/rise

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