It’s October, summer garden plants have stopped producing and look like they are dieing. What do I do now?
Remove all your summer garden plants and put them in your compost pile. Don’t have a compost pile. Now is a good time to start one.
Harvest and dry enough herbs from your herb garden to last you through the long cold winter months that will be upon us before we know it. Don’t have a herb garden, now is a good time to start planning your new herb garden for planting next year. To prepare your new garden spread a deep layer of compost and till this compost into your new herb garden for planting next spring.
Put down 2 or so inches of compost on your garden plot and till in this compost well. This will give your garden spring planting the needed nutrients to get off to a fast healthy start.
It’s time to plant your garlic garden. Garlic needs to be planted while the ground is still a little warm and manageable, harvest when the tops start dieing next summer. Garlic requires 120 to 210 from planting to harvest. I bought some garlic from my local market that has large bulbs and many cloves. It has a strong garlic flavor and only a hint of garlic’s common bitter bite. This gives me enough to plant 30 or more cloves. This will provide me a lot of fresh garlic next year as well as ample cloves for re-planting next years crop.
Tilled your garlic garden 2 times adding a 2 or 3 inch layer of good compost before tilling. Cloves should planted about 4 to 6 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. Spread a little old alfalfa hay or other mulch about 2 inches deep over your freshly planted garlic as winter a mulch. Remove or rack away some of this mulch next March or April if needed when your garlic plants break through the soil reaching for springs warming sun.
Now is a good time to plant new potted or bare root fruit and nut trees. This will give them time to develop strong root systems before the heat and dry summer weather arrives. There are often special offers in the large garden stores at this time of the year selling fruit, nut and shade trees at very reasonable prices.
To plant your new trees dig a planting hole at least twice the size of the root ball and mix in some compost with the excavated soil. Plant your trees using this amended soil. Recent information suggests that it is better not to mix too much compost into the new planting hole as this can discourage plants from pushing roots into the surrounding soil. Also if your soil is heavy clay like mine and you plant your planting hole with a mix containing to much compost this will make the planting hole a natural reservoir for water from the surrounding soil and your plant will ultimately drown. Error on using to little compost rather than to much compost when planting trees.
Harvest and store Apples, Pears and hard skin winter Squash. Prevent contact between fruit stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. Avoid sections printed with colored ink.
Always handle fruit carefully, to avoid bruising them. Fruit with even small bruises must never be stored with “keepers.” Only perfect fruit should be used for long-term storage. Even minor imperfections speed spoilage. While you’re wrapping, check for cut skin, soft spots, or bruises. Bruised fruit should be eaten fresh, canned or frozen. Store your boxed and wrapped fruit an unheated basement, garage, pantry, even under a bed or in a closet works well. Any place that is dark and the temperatures are above freezing.
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