October is the month of
autumn color, leaf drop, pumpkin carving, and evenings spent around a bonfire. Prepare your garden for winter and follow these tips to make it all easier.
Pumpkins and Gourds Things to do in the Vegetable Garden
Harvest pumpkins when the skin starts to turn orange or when the skin cannot be pushed in by your fingernail Harvest winter squash when the skin cannot be pushed in by your fingernail Plant garlic now in rows or blocks Apply shredded leaves or compost to permanent beds before winter If you have not yet cleaned up from this year’s crops, do this now – Pull and compost beans, pea vines, lettuce and other greens, and anything that does not have diseases Pile and burn cornstalks, tomato vines, sweet potato vines, and pumpkin and squash vines to prevent diseases and pests from overwintering Things to do in the Landscape/Flower Beds
The average first frost for Northeast Kansas is October 15th
When is YOUR average first frost date?
Remove all spent or dying annual flowers after the first frost or hard freeze and put in the compost pile Continue to plant spring flowering bulbs Remove spent foliage from hostas, daylilies, peonies, and irises after a hard freeze Plant trees and shrubs Wrap young trees’ trunks (less than 5 years in the ground and diameter less than 4 inches) with plastic tree guards, fabric, or paper to prevent winter sunscald Things to do in the Lawn
Mulch mow leaves on the lawn and remove piles to the compost Spray lawn with a post-emergence herbicide to kill dandelions, creeping Charlie, and clover Water newly planted grass
Remove old ashes to the compost pile Use only dry kindling and logs Mow the grass short (2 inches) around the pit if it is in the lawn Bring plenty of marshmallows, roasting sticks, and chocolate!