- Print Editions
- Home Delivery
- About Us
The beginning of November is your last chance to save tender bulbs and plants that need winter protection.
We recently returned from exploring the gardens near Bellagio on Lake Como (the real Bellagio, not the Vegas imitation) and Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
Spiders are good for the garden and using a broom to collect them means you can wipe the mother spiders along with their egg sacs onto tree trunks or shrubs in the landscape
The third week of October is still a good time to plant spring blooming bulbs, add trees and shrubs to the landscape and to dig and divide overgrown perennials such as daylilies and hosta.
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.