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BONNIE'S GARDEN--October Garden Maintenance

I can’t believe it’s October already.  I’ve already put a pumpkin by the front door, over-seeded my yard, and harvested a little kale from the garden.  October is a busy month in my garden.  In my veggie garden, I’m putting one raised bed to sleep for the winter by removing all the plant material and covering with about four inches of compost and a bag of Green Sand (Green Sand comes from marine sediments and is a great source of minerals).

My other raised bed is busy growing kale, spinach, and arugula.  This week, garlic will join in the fun, since October is a great time to plant garlic.  Next year, this bed will be the one that rests while the winter veggies grow in the other one. 

By the way, if you’re interested in growing your own garlic, we have it in stock.  Simply break each head into cloves and plant each clove in full sun with one inch of soil covering.  Harvest late next spring, when the tops begin to die back. 

By the middle of this month, I’ll have gone through my perennial beds and cut back any foliage that has begun to die back—Oriental and Asiatic lilies have mostly yellowed back now so the stalks will go. 

October is also the month that I plant bulbs.  I already have a lot, but there’s no such thing as too many!  I’ve already planted a few—I just tucked more bearded iris in the border down one side.  Since that’s the side that the deer pass by, I keep deer-resistant plants (like peonies, bearded iris and daffodils) there.  And since we just got in fresh local peony roots, I’ll add another peony, too—love that fragrance!

And then I’ll begin the one task I really hate—preparing my houseplants for the trip back inside.  For some good tips on making the move back inside read the blog that Doug wrote last week called “Winter Care of Tropical Plants.

One project that I’ll do right now while the weather is cooler and pleasant is organizing my tool shed.  Yuk!  But it has to be done.  All summer while I’m frantically trying to stay on top of feeding, watering, pruning, etc.  I pull things out and shove them back in haphazardly.  So I’m (theoretically) going to pull everything out, clean my gardening tools, and put everything back in an orderly fashion. 

This is a good time to look at opened bottles or bags and think about how old the product is.  If you need to get rid of old garden products, organic products can be easily disposed of.  For chemical pesticides or herbicides, on the other hand, they should NOT be tossed in the trash or poured down the drain!  For information on disposal, call your local Extension office (Chesterfield County, call 804-751-4401)

Last, I’ll try to find time to gather up as many acorns as I can so I don’t spend most of next spring pulling up little oak seedlings.  By the way, did you know you can save acorns, then pull them out mid-winter, crack with a hammer (this makes it easier for the birds to get to them) and toss them out on the deck or patio?

So, how do you get ready for Fall?
Posted: 10/2/2017 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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