Saturday, October 21, 2000

To do this week

Lawn and landscape

        • Rake fallen leaves to prevent them from smothering the lawn. Shred them to use as a 1-inch mulch on beds, or add to the compost pile.

        • Weed and edge landscape beds.


        • Trim perennials that turn messy after the first frost.

        • Leave perennials with sturdy stalks, such as rudbeckia and butterfly weed, in place for winter interest.

        • Do not trim evergreen perennials, such as pinks, yarrow or lambs ears, mums or tender perennials at this time.

        • Store leftover flower and vegetable seeds in a cool, dry place.

        • Plant garlic, rhubarb and shallots.

        • Use a “floating row cover” in the garden to protect lettuce and other greens from freezing temperatures down to about 28 degrees.

        • Continue growing lettuces and hardy greens, along with radishes, green onions and carrots, in the protection of a cold frame for early winter harvest.

        • Apply a heavy mulch over leeks, carrots, beets and turnips to allow harvest into the winter.

        • Pot spring-flowering bulbs, to force into bloom for indoor decoration.

        • Move plants closer to windows for a sunnier exposure in the low-light conditions of winter. This is especially important for flowering plants to sustain bloom.

        • Water houseplants less as the days become shorter.
Eco tip

       The seeds of many annual and perennial plants can be saved for planting in the spring. Four o'clocks, beans, peas, morning glories, marigolds and sunflowers are easy to collect. Also try purple coneflower, balloon flower, black-eyed Susan, hollyhock or many of the ornamental grasses that are in seed now.
       Source: Sue Trusty, director of education at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 221-0981.


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