October 14, 2016 ptillman




  • Plant spring blooming bulbs now;

  • Mulch citrus; use compost for added moisture and nutrition during cold months;

  • Mulch unused soil plots to keep them healthy;

  • Although it is important to keep plants moist, do not water on the night of a frost;

  • Prune dead or diseased wood on citrus and make sure to sterilize your shears/loopers in a bucket with 10% bleach and 90% water between uses

  • Planting native plants now will help them establish, thus requiring less water in the summer;

  • The local Native Plant Society can help selecting appropriate plants to incorporate into your garden.




  • Plan projects now! Your local nursery and Master Gardener community can offer you help and advice;

  • Cover compost piles: assure proper drainage;;

  • Growing fungal mycella for compost teas will need additional warmth until spring;

  • Insulate outside worm bins or bring small bins inside. Consider using a safe heating device (e.g. a heat rope can be purchased at pet stores);

  • Make greenhouse or high tunnel hoop house repairs now;

  • Check all external water pipes for leaks and add insulation if needed;

  • Check irrigation system.

  • Inventory frost cloths, row covers and blankets; also consider frost covers for chicory, endive, tomatoes, melons or any frost tender plants still growing during this month;

  • Look for bugs! Pest problems can be more easily controlled in cool seasons.



Do a final cleanup of lilies and other perennials before winter sets in.  Try your hand at saving some seeds and creating new and interestingly-colored flowers.


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