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September 30, 2011

Fall chores abound in September

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If you're awaiting the first frosts, there's a long list of tasks to transition the garden safely. Now is the time to stop pruning and fertilizing and it's a good idea to bring houseplants that have been happily outside back into the house. If there are any tender plants that you want to save through the first freezes, nows the time to cover them. I've saved tomaotes all the way to Thanksgiving this way. And if you're ready to give up the outdoor plants, you can pick the green tomatoes and bring them indoors. If you wrap them in newspaper and pack them carefully, you can then bring them out to ripen as you need them.

If you have tender bulbs that won't take a cold winter, you should dig them up--that includes dahlias, caladiums, cannas and tuberous begonias. And spring flowering bulbs can be put out in their place.

It really a great time of year. There is the satisfaction of the harvest and the ease of preparing for winter. Take your time and enjoy sitting in the waning sun, taking in the beauty of the late blooming flowers and be grateful for what you have created.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 30, 2011 7:38 AM
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