Garden checklist: Get ready for spring by planting now

10/19/2013 12:00 AM

10/18/2013 8:15 PM

October is the perfect time to get ready for spring – and summer, too.

• Plant daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs. Plant some each week for the next three weeks to spread out your spring bloom.

• Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place so they’ll be ready to replant next spring.

• Apply mulch to summer-blooming bulbs and tubers left in the ground.

• Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves yellow between the veins.

• Remove water basins from shrubs and pots before the rainy days ahead. That way, your potted plants won’t get cold, soggy feet (and potential root rot).

• In the vegetable garden, plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas. Plant garlic and onions. Transplant lettuce seedlings.

• Watch out for snails and hand-pick them off plants.

• Fertilize indoor plants. This will help boost winter bloomers. With colder days ahead, you’ll spend more hours inside – prime time to enjoy your indoor garden.

– Debbie Arrington

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