Where did October go? Here it is November and my to do list for October isn’t finished.
Prepare potted plants to be moved inside-hibiscus and bougainvillea can be cut back to fit inside; Plumeria needs to be moved when the temp reaches 40°. If the stalk freezes it won’t come back the next season. They usually lose all of their leaves.
Discontinue regular feeding of house plants once moved inside. Use 1/4 to 1/2 as much plant food as when they were outside. You may want to use a balanced plant food such as 20-20-20. Plants need a little rest during this time of the year.
Continue to divide and transplant perennials such as daylilies, yarrow, columbine, Oxeye daisy, penstemon, Purple coneflower, irises, canans, phlox and oxalis. Finish seeding wildflower seed and set out Bluebonnet transplants.
Collect seeds from your favorite plants to give as gifts.
If you have never planted Ranunculus, give them a try. Soak the bulbs overnight before planting. It hastens sprouting. We plant our bulbs using a handful of compost and cottonseed meal. It gives them a quick boost. We planted them in the park two winters ago. They are a beautiful addition to any garden.
If you have a water garden, this is a good time to drain, clean out and remove water and bog plants.
Keep the leaves raked off your lawn. Use them for mulch or place in the compost pile. Run over the leaf pile with your mower first, they will decompose much quicker. A heavy accumulation of leaves damages the grass.
Continue to seed and plant your winter veggies!
Tip: To keep gourds from becoming moldy, don’t pick them until the frost has killed the vine, quickly remove them because a hard frost will injure them.