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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Cool Weather
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 • Posted October 23, 2007 10:00 PM

Cool weather is creeping up on us. It’s time to prepare to bring house plants inside. Some will need to be trimmed and repotted. Check for insects and treat before bringing them inside.

Have the correct size of saucers to set them in; it will save the floor and carpet.

Remember: this is the best time to plant container grown landscape plants. The roots will have time to become established before next summer.

Time is running out if you plan to plant wildflower seed. Bluebonnet transplants are now available. Plant them in full sun and well-drained soil. Keep them damp until they are rooted.

Make additional plantings of radishes, greens, carrots, and parsley.

Continue to divide and replant daylilies and iris.

Plant dianthus, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage an kale. They should last all winter. It’ll soon be time to plant pansies. There are some new varieties this year.

Make cuttings of tender plants before frost.

If you grow onion from seed, this is the time to plant 1015Y, Grano 502, Granex, or Burgandy.

This is the month to do your last Fall fertilizing; also fertilize winter-color plants regularly for more bloom.

Add one cup, per cubic yard, of lawn fertilizer to your compost pile. Use a spading fork to turn the nutrients into the mix, it’ll be ready for spring gardens.

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