Sunday, October 01, 2006

GARDENING CHORES FOR OCTOBER

OCTOBER

You can still plant spring bulbs

If you have gladiolus, this is the time to dig the corms up.

This is a wonderful time to fertilize both lawn and garden

Plant cool and warm-season lawns

Move worm bins to basement or garage to maintain at least 40* through the winter months

Divide a clump of chives and bring indoors

If you haven't lifted your dahlias yet, this would be the time!

Bring any plants that are growing in containers inside for the
winter

Reduce feeding houseplants(do not feed dormant houseplants)

Give your compost pile a final turning.

Try to keep the fallen leaves raked off the lawn. Put them in
the compost, shredding them first if possible, or mix them really well as they tend to compact.

You can plant garlic now for next years harvest.

Mark any perennials you want to separate so you can find them
next spring.

Clean and oil your tools so they won't rust over the winter.

Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees, fruit trees, shrubs and vines

Other trees can also be planted now.

Keep watering the shrubs and evergreens.

Plant container roses and prune your hybrid tea roses. Start preparing your roses for winter.

Cut back your perennials and put the foliage in the compost as long is it's not diseased.

Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials

Try using evergreen boughs over your shrubs to provide winter
protection. They can be forced into the ground before the ground freezes, draping their branches over the shrubs.

Pull out your annuals and put them in the compost

It's time to store your hoses inside. Remember to drain them first
so they don't freeze and split!

Bring in any annual geraniums! Potted, in a sunny spot they will bloom all winter. Or hang them upside down (with the dirt removed) in a cool spot like the garage, or basement.

Get those bird feeders up!

Any questions about October?

4 Comments:

At October 02, 2006, Blogger GP said...

Greetings from Big Sky Country, Montana, where as a transplanted NY'er run a bed and breakfast. That's almost about as North Country as you can get :)

Thanx for October tips... fortunately we have a greenhouse here, so we can extend our gardening season which both we and our guests appreciate :)

 
At October 02, 2006, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Hi Cyd...I went to your B&B web site and BLOG. That BLOG is a wonder! I love your photography, your stories and particularly your recipes. I'm going to send the URL on to my daughter who lives in WA. She loves to cook! I think I'll try those waffles as well! They look YUMMY!

 
At October 03, 2006, Blogger GP said...

enjoy my fellow gardener and north country gal. If you or her are ever in Big Sky Country, there's room at the inn! :)

 
At October 03, 2006, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Thanks! You just never know!

 

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