We have included some monthly to-dos and helpful tips to help members keep up with their gardens. Enjoy!
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The sunny days end with cooler nights, and one can almost feel fall's arrival. Days are also getting shorter. Time to start thinking of tidying up the garden, and planning to put the garden to bed.
Greens sown now may need to be protected over the winter. A cloche will extend the harvest of salad and Asian greens over winter, depending on the weather. Order your garlic bulbs, which can be planted in October. Fava beans can be planted in late September.
As the summer harvest is cleared from the beds, grow a green manure crop, or spread a layer of compost/manure over your unused vegetable beds to protect the beds from winter rains and to enrich the soil for the next planting season.
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It's time to clear up annuals that have finished flowering. Collect seeds from the flowers that you want more of, or cut back the flower heads before the seed heads ripen to prevent self-seeding. Alternately, leave seed heads for the birds to feed on in the cold months- the seed heads of sedums, echinaceas, rudbeckias, and yarrow, and the inflorescences of ornamental grasses will provide interest in the winter months.
As the weather cools, it is also time to divide perennials such as daylilies, heucheras, brunnera, hostas and astilbes, or to plant new trees and shrubs.