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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Garden Calender


1.Plan garden layout

2.Order seed & plants from catalogs

3.Start slow germinating seed indoors

4.Start Chives outdoors

5.Prune fruit and shade trees

6.Inspect bulbs in storage



1.Sharpen shears, loppers and shovels

2.Inspect all tools

3.Indoors start: mint, thyme, oregano, dill, parsley, lemon balm, sage & cilantro

4. Near end of month, plant: peas, mint & potatoes. Direct sow nasturtiums.



1.loosen & turn soil

2.Prune winter damage from shrubs, trim low tree branches

3.Apply slow acting fertilizers

4.Apply dormant oil spray

5.Start indoors: morning glories & moonflowers

6.Transplant herbs, start: radishes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, artichokes, lettuce, kale & cabbage



1.Watch for weeds that appear

2.prune rose bushes, remove protective cover

3.Fertilize lawn, add slow release feed. Seed bare patches

4.Plant bareroot trees & shrubs

5.Plant perennials

6.Prepare beds

7.Incorporate 3" of manure and 3" of compost to beds, add a granular feed 5.10.10 to replenish nutrients. Rake smooth. Add 3" loose organic mulch to inhibit weeds, insulate soil.

8.Plant peas,onions, leeks, lettuce, radish, chervil, swiss chard, spinach & chives

9.Decide where to place flowers. *yellow, orange & red in front-*blues & silvers towards middle-*all other colors in the back.



1.Trim back perennials as new growth is beginning

2.Set out annuals

3.Cut back ornamental grasses

4.Pinch out tips of new growth to encourage branching & for compact plants

5.Dust roses

6.Prune butterfly bushes hard (down to 18") before new growth begins

7.Harden off transplants on a cloudy day with little wind

8.Plant evergreen hedges

9.Prune OLDER(dead) canes of wood from hydrangeas. Keep in mind that they bloom on new shoots growing off last years wood. If you prune the wrong canes, you lose the buds and blooms for this season.
*The more acidic soil, you get blue flowers, the more alkaline, you get pink.
*Give weekly intervals of aluminum sulfate

10.Prune spring-flowering shrubs after they have finished blooming

11.Plant azaleas while in color

12.Perform a soil test to determine soil requirements

13.Prune russian sage down to 18" from soil

14.Divide overgrown clumps of sedum

15.Feed all perennials

16.Divide perennials if needed

17.Prune evergreens just before growing season starts

18.Prune vines

19.Check plants for early signs of insects



1.Support tall perennials as needed

2.Check plants for signs of mildew

3.Do weekly weeding

4.Scout plants weekly for insects & disease

5.Keep plants moist

6.Dead-head blooms as needed

7.Water deeply every few days

8.Check plants for signs of mildew. Use 1 gallon of water :1 tbsp baking soda w/ 3 tbsp of oil and apply to plants



1.Trim & pinch annual herbs

2.Hill potatoes

3.Feed clematis

4.Dis-bud dahlias

5.Harvest parsley

6.Add compost to base of all repeat bloomers: roses, salvias, butterfly bushes, etc

7.Cut off pinch date for: montauk daisies, tall asters, helianthus, mums

8.Scout weekly for insects & disease

9.Prune & shape any narrow-leafed evergreens

10.Take pointsettia cuttings

11.Water deeply once a week if no rain-use soaker hose.

12.Let tomatoes ripen on vine

13.Dry herbs

14.Thin vegetable garden

15.Take perennial cuttings for plants for next year

16.Harvest onions, garlic & shallots when leaves are yellowed, and stems have bent over

17.Lift & divide overcrowded japanese & siberian iris

18.Take pictures of the landscape for evaluating plantings and planning changes

19.After fruiting, prune out old raspberry canes



1.Remove weeds weekly

2.Remove all annuals that have stopped flowering

3.Seed new lawns

4.Prune climbing roses

5.Renovate lawns, do not feed

6.Keep up on harvesting vegetables

7.Feed clematis

8.Do not fertilize or divide plants

9.Keep garden clean & well watered

10.Sow fall vegetables: radish, spinach, lettuce, etc

11.Scout for insects weekly

12. Harvest seed as it appears



1.Divide perennials as needed

2.Do not cut basal foliage of scabiosa

3.Water deeply weekly

4.Pick apples & peaches

5.Aerate lawn

6.Harvest last of parsnip

7.Scout weekly for insects & disease



1.Plant spring blooming bulbs

2.Clean up garden beds, compost dead plants *do not compost diseased or infested plant material- throw those away

3.Divide perennials (as needed if overgrown), Cut back perennials to within 6" of ground

4.Cleanup vegetable and annual beds

5.Wrap clematis in containers with bubble wrap, fill with mulch

6.Cut catmint to ground after several killing frosts

7.Water evergreens liberally until freezing weather sets in, this prevents winter sun scalding

8.Add compost to cleaned up garden beds

9.Add lime & other organic supplements to soil

10.Harvest Seed (make sure seed is dry for storage). Package in envelopes, label and store in tupperware or in freezer bags in freezer

11.Plant any new perennials you have ordered

12.Houseplants- if you have any houseplants outside- clean them up well by removing any dead foliage/flowers. Water well, rinse off plant itself. Let it sit outside for the day, and then bring the houseplants indoors

13.Bring Rosemary indoors- in a garage as it will not survive the winter outdoors



1.Mound rose bushes with soil to protect from freeze-thaw cycles

2.Group outside pots together for protection

3.Wrap evergreens to protect from wind, sun & snow damage

4.Look over vines & cut back as necessary

5.Drain hoses & sprinklers, store in shed or basement

6.Clean & oil tools before storing

7.Apply 4" of mulch to protect plants

8.Use row cover cloth to protect tender shrubs & plants *any plants planted in fall need extra protection for their 1st winter



1.Rest :)

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