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The second week of October is a good time to search out and destroy newly laid slug eggs, especially while planting bulbs or harvesting from the vegetable garden.
Planting bulbs in October will give them the time they need to develop roots before winter arrives.
Fall is best for planting trees and shrubs because the soil is still warm from the summer encouraging new root growth but the autumn rains mean you can let nature take over your watering chores.
It is harvest time in the vegetable garden so keep picking ripe tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash. Share fresh produce with your local food bank if you’re lucky enough to have a bumper crop.
The big advantage of doing these chores in the fall rather than spring is that the soil is already warm and ready to encourage new root growth and after such a dry summer the slug and snail population should be less damaging to tender young transplants.
The last week in August is time to harvest squash, tomatoes and beans, cut back perennials such as daisies and daylilies.
Here are more tips for keeping specific flowers producing until the first fall frost:
The month of August is the time for an important garden chore – bait for slugs.
The fourth week of July is when your roses and fuchsias need some special attention to keep them blooming for the rest of the summer.
The third week of July is time to harvest early crops such as lettuce, raspberries, blueberries and everbearing strawberries as well as fresh herbs.
The middle of July is when hydrangeas usually start to bloom in Western Washington – but this summer the big, ball blooms of hydrangeas were showing color months ahead of schedule and many local gardeners had bushels of hydrangea blooms by the beginning of June.
You must water more often when the weather warms up and roots fill the soil and demand more to eat and drink.
If you cut back early to bloom perennials now you’ll be rewarded with a second flush of flowers.
The third week of June is the start of the summer season and if your landscape is looking a bit dull with the end of the spring rhododendron and azalea show, it may be time to add more flash and foliage to the garden.
By the middle of June you can finally plant all your warm season crops into the garden.
I’ll promise you a rose garden if you remember that these superstars of the flower garden demand plenty to eat and drink and if you read and heed the answers below from the most-asked, rose-growing questions.
The end of May is a good time to add herbs to the landscape and enjoy these fragrant, tasteful and useful plants as part of a low water use landscape or edible garden.
The third week of May is when you may be tempted to plant everything into your vegetable garden, and it is true that tomatoes, squash, beans and basil will survive if planted into the ground in mid May.
Combining colors in a container garden is a lot like painting a picture and many of our most famous artists have been gardeners as well.
Every spring many people ask the first two questions about tomatoes and slugs.