Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Gardening Tips for September

It's hard to believe that the kids are back in school and football season has begun! I'm still wondering where the summer went!

Now is really a great time to evaluate your garden successes and plan ahead for next year. I found some helpful hints for things to do this month on the Old Farmer's Almanac website. 
Check them out here and let us know if you have any other fall gardening tips to share:
*Compost should be watered during dry periods so that it remains active.
*This is the best time to plant dormant evergreen trees and shrubs.
*Correct any soil deficiencies you've noticed. Healthy soil is crucial to healthy plants.
*Young trees should be staked to prevent the roots from being pulled by fall and winter winds.
*If you haven't brought your houseplants in yet, do it before you have to start heating your home. This gives them a chance to adjust. Wash them thoroughly before bringing them in to rid them of any pests and eggs.
*As perennials fade away, mark their locations with small sticks. Some might not be apparent after the winter and might be disrupted by spring cultivating.
*Plant spring bulbs as long as the ground is workable. Plant the following bulbs soon: trout lily, narcissus (including daffodil), snowdrop, winter aconite, starflower, and crown imperial. For crown imperial, add a little lime to the soil.
*Take cuttings from such outdoor plants as impatiens, coleus, and begonia. An early frost can ruin your chances for cutting at a later date.
Well, that's all I have for today. Looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me!


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