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  • Late September Check List

    September 18, 2013
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    Harvest green tomatoes before a killing frost. Ripen green tomatoes in a warm place away from direct sunlight. Purchase spring-flowering bulbs while supplies are in-stock. Dig and bring in gladioli. Note where fall color would add to the landscape. Harvest Brussels sprouts, carrots, and parsnips after they have been exposed to frost. Continue to weed. Share your harvest with […]

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  • Early September Checklist

    September 03, 2013
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    Plant trees, shrubs, and ground covers this month. Establish a small grain cover crop on empty vegetable garden space. Begin moving houseplants indoors. Compost non-diseased garden debris. Potatoes are ready for harvest when their tops begin to turn brown. Order spring-flowering bulbs now. Have your soil tested before applying lawn fertilizer. Test grapes for ripeness […]

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  • Late August Checklist

    August 26, 2013
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    Dig and divide garden lilies when the foliage yellows. Watch for wasps when working near rock piles, old tree stumps and stone walls. Harvest cantaloupe when the stem separates from the fruit with gentle prodding. Cut down stems of hollyhocks if rust-colored spots appear on the underside of leaves. Plant a cover crop of winter […]

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  • Early August Checklist

    August 08, 2013
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    - Apply supplemental water to the garden if there has not been an inch of rain in the previous week. Remember: plants in hanging baskets dry out faster than plants in the ground. – Fertilize roses for the last time this year. – Sow seeds of biennials, such as Canterbury bells and foxglove. – Cut […]

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  • Keep annuals blooming by removing spent blossoms. Prune suckers and water sprouts from apple trees. Enjoy local peaches. Plant Chinese cabbage, endive, snap beans, kohlrabi, lettuce and radish for fall harvest. Cut back mints, oregano, and savory to promote bushy growth. Harvest summer squash when they are young and tender. Blanch celery a week before […]

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