Is your home ready for little goblins coming your way? Make safety a priority this Halloween weekend. Look around your front yard for any potential hazards – especially for trick-or-treating visitors after dark.
▪ Clear paths and steps of any tripping obstacles. Rake up leaves or other fall debris.
▪ Make sure the path to your front door and front steps is well lit and easy to follow.
▪ Keep candle-lit jack-o’-lanterns and luminarias away from steps, paths, landings and curtains – any place where they may get kicked over or accidentally set something on fire. Place jack-o’-lanterns on a sturdy table or other platform, out of reach of small children or pets. Never leave candles unattended.
Elsewhere in the garden:
▪ Divide and replant overcrowded perennials such as agapanthus, daylilies and Shasta daisies.
▪ In the vegetable garden, plant from seed fava beans, bok choy, Swiss chard, garlic, leaf lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio, radishes, shallots and spinach.
▪ Set out transplants of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce and peas.
▪ For spring flowers, plant California poppies, cornflower, larkspur, scabiosa and sweet peas.
▪ Plant daffodils, Dutch iris and other spring bulbs. Get the tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground. Fertilize beds first with compost and bone meal.