October in the Garden

Featured in the October 2010 handbook.

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* Use your garden debris and leaves to start a compost pile.

* Plant trees and shrubs. Be sure to keep them well-watered, even through the winter.

* Make sure houseplants are brought back inside.

* Clear away dead foliage.

* Dry and Save seeds.

* Take cuttings of tender perennials.

* Pick and dry herbs for winter use.

* Remove green tomatoes from the plants ripen indoors

* Harvest winter squash once the vines die back, but definitely before a hard freeze.

* Continue harvesting fall crops like beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale and leeks.

* Clean and put away empty containers and garden ornaments.

* Clean and sharpen gardening tools.

* Clean bird feeders.

Enjoy the season.


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