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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 23, 2008 10:00 PM

Fall is for planting: If you plan to do major landscaping or just planting a few trees or shrubs, this is the time. The cooler weather gives the roots time to become established before hot weather next summer.

When planting trees and shrubs, plant wet. Dig the hole the depth of the plant in the pot and 2-3 times wider (don’t plant too deep). Fill the hole with water, let the plant rest in the water until it is soaked. It is also easier to move a large tree or shrub in the position to be planted. Mix soil that was removed from the hole with compost and cottonseed meal. You may also add a light application of root stimulator. If you use only new soil in the hole, when the new roots have grown through the new soil, they may be stunted trying to grow out of the planting hole. Leave the hose running slowly, while adding backfill. There should not be any air bubbles after packing the soil. Air pockets cause disease. Add mulch around the planting and do not place against the trunk. Watering during planting is a sure way to know the root is wet. It is difficult to know for sure that the plant is thoroughly soaked after planting.

When planting bulbs, daffodils, tulips, narcissus, paperwhites, etc., plant three to a clump for maximum effect.

September 1 to October 15: Plant bush beans, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage, Swiss chard, collards, leaf lettuce, summer squash and cauliflower. Check the number of days from planting until production before planting seed. Our first frost date is usually late October or early November. Our weather has been so unusual, so who knows?

Plant wildflowers, petunias, snapdragons and dianthaus transplants.

Remember to fertilize the lawn.

The Monarch butterflies are visiting Blanco on their trip to South America for the winter.

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