It may be getting colder and wetter, but during those pleasantly cool November days, there are plenty of ways to keep up your garden and prepare for next year.
Turn down your plots.
Make sure all your annuals are cleared out and the garden area is clean. Mound soil around roses and cover with winter protection or tip and bury into a trench. Cut chrysanthemum stems 2-3 inches above the soil when the blossoms begin to fade.
Plant your Tulips.
Tulip bulbs can still be planted and they are on sale now at Wagners. Tender bulbs should be dug and stored in cool, dark place.
Prep your lawn.
It’s a good time to fertilize your lawn. Use a (20-9-9) fertilizer to encourage good root development and color. Be sure to rake your lawn to lift away all debris and leaves. Remember to drain all hoses and store them for the winter.
Don’t forget the birds!
Remember to refill your feeders for our feathered friends that stick around for winter.
Create a spectacular container for winter.
Join the Minnesota State Horticultural Society at Wagners Gardening Center on Penn Avenue, on November 15, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn how to create festive winter containers using fresh greens for your home this season.
Register for classes by calling: (651) 643-3601
The Minnesota State Horticultural Society is also sponsoring a “Front Door Decorating” contest for the holidays. Wagners will be holding a demo for tips and ideas on November 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be no charge for this class, and 10% of your purchases from the evening will be donated to the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.
Call (612) 922-6901 to make your reservation. Enjoy the autumn weather!