Now is the time to plant or transplant woody shrubs that need more or less sun or adjusting the spacing of plants that are too crowded. Consider adding native plants. Fall planting allows the roots to settle and begin growing, before the top growth starts next spring. Divide overcrowded perennials. WEED! Buy and refrigerate bulbs. Scatter 4-12-4 fertilizer around primroses. When herbaceous begin to die back, cut the foliage to the ground.
Oct-Nov is the best bulb planting time. Plant the smaller bulbs first, so they don't dry out. Fertilize established bulbs with 10-10-10. Cut down to within 3" herbaceous perennials that lack winter interest. Divide daylilies and drain garden hoses. WEED! Start amaryllis bulbs for Christmas.
There is still time to plant fruit trees, berry bushes and bare root roses.This is your last chance to get bulbs that require a "chill period" into the ground. Continue trimming back plants that have completed their blooming. WEED! Autumn mulches slowly add nutrients to the soil as they decompose.
Protect tender plants with evergreen boughs, oil spray to smother spider mites. Clean, sharpen and oil, then store garden tools in a dry place.Each winter, remove 1/4 to 1/3 of the largest stems from your lilacs. Feed your cyclamen 20-20-20 liquid in mid-December. WEED AGAIN!
Each month our Club offers members a “Horticulture Show”; ribbons are awarded! I hope every member will participate and bring a flower, a shrub branch, indoor house plant, or any other specimen to share. How, you ask..... just bring your clean specimen (no critters allowed) with its common and botanical name (if all else fails, “Google it” or look it up in Carol Goldberg’s books when you get to the meeting early). Later in the meeting, Carol, our Horticulture Chairperson, will go over the “entries”. What makes a great “show” and learning experience is each of you sharing/participating with plants from your garden.