Thank You First Responders! And Now for November Duties
First and foremost, thank you to all of our first responders! You put yourself in harm’s way to insure the safety of our community. Through fires and flooding, you are always there for us.
1. With the average first freeze around the corner (early November), we must prepare our plants and soil for the winter months. If you have outside plants, and you are bringing them inside, be sure to inspect them. Clean them of pests so they don’t invade your home.
2. This is your last chance to plant wildflowers.
3. When we are warned about that first freeze, water all plants the night before the freeze. Freeze damage occurs when the plants are frozen from the inside out. Plants are mostly water. Therefore, if you water before the freeze, there’s less chance of your plant freezing through because the volume of the water within the plant is higher.
4. Mulch, mulch, and mulch at least 4 inches around your plants and trees. Make sure the mulch doesn’t touch the trees. Mulching is very beneficial during the winter as it was in the summer.
5. Prepare to protect from that first freeze those tender plants and vegetables you have just planted with covers or wraps. More on your options next time.
6. After that first “good” freeze, we will discuss pruning our trees. Speaking of trees, have you made your list of trees that you are going to plant?
7. Have you marked your poison ivy vines?
8. Keep an eye on your cedar trees, checking on the ripeness of your berries for tea. Those of you new to the area: Cedar berries are used as a preventive measure for allergies.
9. Sharing: This is the time to share our perennials. Whether we are going to divide or transplant these delightful plants — which bring so much joy each and every year — now is the time to take action. Get out those spading forks and go to work on your daylilies, irises, daisies, violets, and cannas. Mark these as to color, shape, and height in order to assist your beneficiaries in proper placement of them. It does not make any difference in what containers you share these treasures with friends, family, or fellow gardeners; it is truly in the giving that pure joy takes place.
10. Pumpkins make great pies!
Over the winter, we will be writing about several garden plants in each column with specifics on each plant: characteristics, possible pests that are attracted to them, companion gardening, indicators for best time to harvest. Email, text, or call with your requests. Purple potatoes? Cauliflower? Red bell peppers? Let us know which vegetables, herbs, or fruits you would like to know more about.
Prayers and blessings to those recovering from the floods.
Keep your souls and soles in your garden!
Remember the True Master Gardener: Jesus said, “I am the vine; my Father is the Gardener.” John 15:1
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