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October 14, 2016 ptillman

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THINGS TO DO

 

  • Fertilize roses as soon as they have a couple of inches of spring growth.

  • Thank about staking plants now, before the really need it.

  • Earwigs are night feeders that hide in moist, tight places during the day. Control them by placing rolled-up damp newspaper in your garden in the evening; discard the trapped insects in the morning.

 

START A COMPOST PILE

 

Composting is a great way to make food waste and unwanted garden materials into a treat for your soil and your plants.  Just add your grass clippings, weeds, leaf piles, eggshells, sawdust, and prunings (do not add bones or animal fats).  Keep evenly moist and turn often.  Soon you will have great, well composted organic material to aerate and feed your soil.

 

MORE TO CONSIDER

 

  • Add some color to empty beds with summer annuals like marigold, petunia, salvia, scabiosa, zinnia, and verbena.

  • For bouquets, plant long-blooming perennials like coreopsis, daisies, lavender, purple coneflower, yarrow, statice, and alstromeria.

  • Plant heat-loving vegetables such as eggplant, corn, beans, melons, okra, peppers, and tomatoes.

  • Clay pots are usually more attractive than plastic ones, but plastic ones retain moisture better. To get the best of both, slip a plastic pot into a slightly larger clay pot.  You can even cover the rim of the plastic pot with dirt.

 

TIP

 

Consider spring cleaning your houseplants during this month by removing dust from leaves.

 

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