October

Plant garlic!  You’ll find local, organic garlic available for planting at all Dig This stores. Once you’ve grown your own garlic, you’ll never want to go back to what they sell in most grocery stores.

Plant spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, narcissus and crocus now for a beautiful display next spring. Pot some up in containers. We have a wonderful selection of spring-flowering bulbs at both our stores right now.

Check over your fall and winter vegetables. Cover them with row cover to prevent carrot rust flies and cabbage root maggots. Give cabbages a bit of a twist to break some of the roots to prevent them from splitting when in the fall & winter rains.

Plant broad beans.

Clean up annual flower and veggie beds.  But leave a few seed heads to feed the birds over the winter.  Don’t put diseased plants in your garden compost box!

Keep beds weeded and apply a layer of leaf mulch. Seed a green manure crop to empty beds, adding nitrogen, preventing weed seeds from germinating and controlling erosion – then till the plants under in the spring.

Divide crowded perennials like peonies, Siberian irises, astilbes and other spring-flowering plants. When a perennial blooms less than in previous years, it’s time to dig, divide and replant.

Strip the leaves and clear away debris from the base of rose bushes and dispose of in the garbage. Do not compost these leaves. Fallen leaves can hold diseases that might overwinter.

Plant fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs and evergreens. Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots established before winter.

Clean your garden tools before you put them away.  Steel wool, WD-40 and a little elbow grease will do a great job!

Propagate tender perennials by taking stem cuttings of geraniums and coleus before they are nipped by frost. Root them in small pots of moist potting soil. Cover the pot with a plastic bag to maintain humidity while the cuttings take root.

Once the fall rains start, check the soil for moisture.  Just because it has rained doesn’t mean the soil has retained enough moisture to keep plants healthy, especially trees.  Make sure newly planted trees & shrubs get sufficient water.