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Farewell to Summer, Hello to Fall!

Farewell to Summer, Hello to Fall!

September 12, 2022

There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember —
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dye the flowers of September!
—Mary Howitt (1799-1888)

Summer may feel like it’s in the rearview mirror now that September is here, but summer isn’t officially over until the autumnal equinox on the 22nd of the month. Today, the sun is above the equator, so our days are split equally with 12 hours each of daylight and darkness. After the equinox, the northern hemisphere will start tilting away from the sun, so our days will grow shorter.

In Merrie Olde England, September was called Haefest-monath (Harvest Month), a time to gather the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter months. And speaking of preparing for the winter months, with the height of summer gardening winding down, there’s plenty left to do in preparation for the coming months:

  • Plant new trees and shrubs now, so roots will have plenty of time to get established before spring.
  • Fall is the best time to start lawn grasses from seed. Till the soil before sowing and provide several light waterings each week.
  • In areas where the weather turns harsh, start moving potted plants inside.
  • Divide and replant perennials.
  • Improve your garden soil by adding manure, compost, and leaves to provide it with more organic matter.

Sunday, September 11, hosts two distinctly different holidays this year. One is a day of somber reflection and remembrance on Patriot Day, when we commemorate those who died on September 11, 2001. The other is a day of love and fondness when we celebrate National Grandparent’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents in your life, make it a point to connect with them, even if it’s just a phone call.

Apples flourish in September, and apple picking can be a fun weekend activity for the whole family. If you prefer picking your apples at the grocery store or farmer’s market, you’ll likely notice new varieties you haven’t seen before. Did you know there are more than 2,500 varieties grown in the U.S.? And because they are all so diverse, it can be challenging to know which apples are best for baking, which are best for applesauce, etc. Here’s a helpful guide on which apples to use!

Here's wishing you a memorable end to your summer and a spirited start to fall! We’d love to hear from you if you’re planning any fun activities. As always, if you ever have any questions about your finances, don’t hesitate to give us a call -- we’re here to help.