CALENDAR

    A Gardening Calendar from Morrison's.

    You might think that this being New England that there are only a few precious months to tend to your home & garden. We're here to show you 12 months of reasons why there's always something "green" to do.

    October

    General:

    There is still time to move perennials. Leave grasses where they are and divide them in the spring.
    Potted plants can still be planted in the landscape.

    Spring flowering bulbs are best planted starting in mid-October.

    If your landscape is subject to browsing deer, then plant daffodils and alliums which they don’t like.

    Clean and compost any leaves that fall.

    If you have hemlocks, October is the best time to spray horticultural oil for wooly adelgid control.

    By the end of the month your houseplants will need to be brought inside for the winter. Check for insects and prune back where needed.

    If there is no rain, be sure to still water trees and shrubs so they are not stressed going into winter.

    Now is the time that conifers shed their interior needles to get ready for winter.

    Cold tolerant annuals can still be planted now and will last until Thanksgiving.

    Edge your beds in the fall to save time in the spring.

    Store pesticides where they will not freeze.

    Edibles:

    Don’t harvest your winter squash until the skin or find has completely hardened. Store in a cool dry place.

    As areas of your garden become empty, plant a cover crop such as winter rye, to improve the soil.

    Brussels sprouts and Cape Cod turnips improve with multiple frosts.

    Carrots and turnips can be mulched and dug up throughout the winter.

    Hot peppers can be dried and stored for months.

    Time to buy your garlic, but don’t plant until November; remember plant with the pointy side up.

    When carving your pumpkins for Halloween be sure to save the seeds for roasting.

    Lawns: 

    There is still time to reseed and create a lawn early in the month.

    Aerating a lawn is best done when the soil is moist.

    A small amount of leaves can be chopped up and left on the lawn to improve the soil; but not too much. If you are using a mulching lawn mower remember to mow often for the grass grows faster in cooler weather.

    Fall is a good time to lime, but do a soil test first to see if you need too.

    Always follow the 1/3 rule and never remove more than one third of the grass at a mowing. Mowing is always best when the grass is dry.

    When mowing a newly seeded area always mow high and try not bag the grass clippings.

    Picking up leaves frequently allows the grass to get more sunlight.

     

    November

    General:

    Picking up the fall leaves off the lawn is important, and they make great compost, especially when you shred them to speed up the process.

    When the ground has frozen, it is time to mulch the perennial garden. Doing this earlier can delay dormancy.

    Ornamental grasses can be left standing for winter time beauty and cut down in late winter before they shatter.

    Seed heads produced on perennials should be left standing for the birds to feast on.

    Check your climbing plants before winter being sure to prune and retie them before wind and snow loads can damage them.

    Put in driveway markers before the ground freezes.

    Blow out irrigation systems including drip systems before they freeze.

    Last call for planting bulbs for early spring color.

    Time to dig up dahlias, canna and gladiola bulbs. Store them in a cool, dry spot, buried in sawdust or peat moss.

    Time to buy amaryllis and paper white bulbs. Store them in the refrigerator if you want to delay flowering.

    Remember, Amaryllis should only be planted half way up the bulb to avoid rot.

    Edibles:

    November is the best time to plant garlic. Remember, test the soil and have a pH of 6.8 - 7.0, and fertilize when planting. Be sure to mulch the row.

    Mulch any carrots or turnip you are leaving in the ground for harvest this winter heavily.

    Clean up old, dead plants still left in the garden. Diseased plants should not be added to the compost pile.

    If the soil has not frozen, it is not too late to plant a cover crop, like Winter Rye.

    Time to clean up your garden tools and put them away for the winter. Linseed oil is a good choice for preserving weathered wood handles.

    Lawns:

    Keep taking the leaves and pine needles off the lawn. They are good for mulching, and for adding to the compost.

    When the grass has stopped growing, it's time to mow and fertilize for the last time. This will give your lawn a faster green-up in the spring.

    If the ground is not frozen you can still apply moss control to areas with moss.

    Try to not walk on the lawn when the grass is frozen.