October Tips for nw gardeners
Now through mid-October you can lift and separate spring-flowering perennials and bulbs.
There are many plants that can add color and interest to fall/winter containers. Try Mums, Asters, Ornamental Cabbages and Kale, Heather, and evergreen grasses. Read more in 5 Container Gardens for Fall and Beyond.
Bulbs are one of the easiest ways to have a full, colorful garden. Plant your spring-flowering bulbs before the first frost for a spectacular spring show.
It's time to mulch beds with a high quality compost such as G&B Organics Soil-Building Conditioner. Mulch helps keep weeds out and protect roots from frost. Plus, it adds a clean look to garden beds.
It's time to plant garlic and onions for a 2018 harvest!
Clear away summer vegetable plants such as tomatoes, squash, and peppers when they have finished producing. Note: Do not home compost any plants with diseases or insects.
As night temperatures dip, set up winter protection like cloches, cold frames, and hoops to extend the growing season.
Check our category Edible Gardening on the blog for helpful posts about all things edible.
As the weather cools, be sure to bring inside any houseplants that have "summered" out of doors. Check carefully for insects that might be tagging along and consider keeping these plants separated from others until you are sure they are bug free.
Unless your houseplants are very rootbound, put off repotting until next spring.
Want to help your indoor plants thrive? Learn more about the Proper Care and Feeding of Indoor Plants.
As temperatures cool and moisture levels rise, lawns begin to grow again. You can begin mowing now and keep a regular mowing schedule through the end of the growing season.
Apply lime now to help control moss and keep the lawn healthy.
Plant Care Library
At Swansons, we’re dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, and healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. Below is a library filled with pages on what we grow in Seattle. Just remember, we were all novices once, and no one knows it all. So enjoy, keep learning, and happy gardening!
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