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Red Twig Dogwood

October Garden Checklist
October Garden Checklist

“Fall is for Planting”, it’s a familiar tune. Cooler fall temperatures allow for better root development and give the plants a bigger head start next spring.

It’s time to divide and move perennials. As they go dormant you can dig up hostas, astilbes, yarrow, Shasta daisy, Bee Balm, Lamium and Black Eyed Susan.

Plant cool season vegetables: Broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cilantro, parsley, brussel sprouts, garlic, cauliflower, kale, radishes, beets, onions and chard. Amend the soil with compost and organic fertilizer.

The spring bulbs have started to arrive with more expected by mid-month. Buying early ensures you will get the best selection, but the soil is still to warm to plant. We recommend planting no much earlier then mid-October. Keep bulbs in a paper bag in near the vegetable crisper of refrigerator.

Clean up fallen fruit and keep picking your raspberries and blackberries to keep the fruit flies from getting a foothold.

This is a great time to take cuttings of your favorite geraniums. You can bring them indoors to root. Some winters it freezes enough to kill the plants.

Plant winter pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale and fall blooming chrysanthemums.

This is a great time to prune plums, peaches and nectarines. It will control their growth and allow for better production next year.

Start a compost pile. Build it to 3ft X 3ft on the ground. Chop or grind more coarse materials and then layer wet and dry (you could use straw). If you turn it every couple of weeks it will decompose quickly and be ready for use in less then 3 months. If it just left in a pile without turning it will be ready in about 1 year. Once you have built your pile to the above dimensions, do not add anymore material. You can start a new pile nearby.