GARDENING TASKS FOR EVERYONE

  • Stop pruning and fertilizing
  • Bring summer vacationing houseplants back indoors while the windows are still open. Check carefully for hitchhiking pests
  • Start fall clean-up in the flower beds, cutting back anything that has finished blooming or is diseased
  • Take cuttings to overwinter indoors (willow, boxwood, privet)
  • Watch for frost warning and cover tender plants
  • Photograph your gardens and containers for a record of the year’s triumphs and frustrations
  • Give the compost a last turn

FLOWERS AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

  • Divide and move perennials
  • Dig and store tender bulbs like: dahlias, caladiums, cannas and tuberous begonias
  • Start planting spring flowering bulbs

VEGETABLES

  • Harvest remaining vegetables, including green tomatoes. (Tips for ripening green tomatoes.)
  • Wait for a hard freeze before harvesting Brussels Sprouts
  • Pick herbs for drying or freezing
  • Cure winter squash for storage. Place in a cool, sheltered shady spot for about 1 month.

FRUIT

  • Clean up fallen fruit

TREES & SHRUBS

  • Plant trees and shrubs. Keep well watered, if there isn’t sufficient rain.

PESTS

  • Dispose of any diseased or infested plant debris, to avoid overwintering the problem