“BUT I REMEMBER MORE DEARLY AUTUMN AFTERNOONS IN BOTTOMS THAT LAY INTENSELY SILENT UNDER OLD GREAT TREES.” C.S. LEWIS
- Trees & Shrubs
- No more heavy pruning of shrubs & trees, unless it is absolutely necessary, so that new growth is not encouraged before winter.
- It’s not too late to plant trees & shrubs.
- Annuals, Perennials &Bulbs
- Bring out the potted mums!
- Start preparing flower beds for cool season annuals.
- Divide & replant perennials & bulbs that have become too crowded or too large; plant new bulbs too.
- Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs
- Harvest herbs & store in a cool place.
- Plant or transplant cool-weather crops, such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, & lettuce.
- Put leaves & organic matter in the compost pile.
- This & That
- Clean houseplants that have summered outside & prepare them to return indoors. Re-pot, if necessary.
- Be prepared for the first frost.
- Enjoy the last tomatoes and other vegetables from the garden.
- Fertilize the lawn, if necessary.
- Just for Fun! Photograph your gardens & containers to record the year’s triumphs & frustrations. You can also re-live warmer days by creating a virtual or analog album while wintering by the fire.
- Did you know… September 23 is the Autumnal Equinox. There are two equinoxes during the year, falling mid-way between the Summer & Winter Solstices. The Vernal (Spring) & Autumnal Equinoxes are the only days of the year that have equal amounts of daylight & dark.
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