|Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/smilla4/|
Plant spring-blooming bulbs when the soil is consistently cool.
- Harvest tender vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers) when frost threatens, and protect cold-tolerant crops with row covers on cold nights.
- Harvest winter squash and store in a cool place.
- Dig and store tender bulbs such as dahlias, gladiolas and calla lilies.
- Continue to water newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials with a thorough soaking once a week if rainfall isn’t one inch/week.
- Take cuttings of some favorite annuals such as impatiens, coleus and geraniums for growing indoors.
- Get houseplants ready to bring indoors by “cleaning them up” and checking for insects.
- Remove and compost spent plants from annual and vegetable gardens.
- Rake fallen leaves and bag some for use in the compost pile during the winter and spring.
- Plant garlic now for harvest in the summer.
- Prune dead, dying, damaged or diseased branches from trees and shrubs anytime.
- Clean garden tools, winterize the lawn mower, empty the hoses.
- Be prepared to feed the birds as the weather gets colder.
- Save seeds of species (not hybrid) varieties of flowers and vegetables which were your favorites.
- Prune roses “lightly” to prevent the canes from being whipped around by winter winds. Save major pruning until spring.