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Monthly Gardening Guide


Your Gardening To-Do List

Vegetables & Herbs
  • Plant cool season vegetables now (cabbage, turnips, kale, mustard, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, collards, carrots, beets).

  • Keep seedlings & transplants watered and mulched. Fertilize weekly.

  • Plant garlic cloves now through Thanksgiving for harvest in June.

  • Harvest storage potatoes (dig up when plants begin to die, lay them on the ground for a few hours, then store them in a cool dark spot without washing. "Cure" sweet potatoes in a warm, dark place for 10-14 days before storing.

  • Harvest onions after tops have withered and dry them in a sunny location for 10 days, and store them in a cool dark spot.

Shrubs & Trees
  • Plant new trees or shrubs (or transplant existing ones).

  • Keep shrubs and trees watered to make sure they go into winter hydrated.

  • Bring houseplants indoors for the winter.

  • Control aphids, mealy bugs, mites and scale with horticulture oils that are available at your local garden center.

Annuals & Perennials
  • Plant fall-blooming perennials now for late season color in your garden.

  • Divide spring-blooming bulbs, hosta, and daylilies; replant using a granular root stimulator.

  • Amend soil with compost, Leaf-Gro, or manure to give your spring garden a head start.

  • Trim dead leaves and stems from shrubs and trees.

  • Plant mums, pansies, and ornamental cabbage for fall color.

  • Plant cool season flowering annuals such as snapdragons, dianthus, and ornamental peppers for fall color.

  • Continue to fertilize and water annuals.

  • Overseed, patch, or start a new lawn.

  • Fertilize once this month (and again in October)

  • Apply lime after fertilizing (if soil test indicates that lime is needed).

  • Keep newly seeded lawn watered, and don't let it dry out.

  • Put out bird seed for migrating birds.

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