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.
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• 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