- Start pansy seeds in flats to transplant in fall for early spring bloom.
- Order spring bulbs and garlic for fall planting. Order peonies for September planting.
- Propagate your plants by taking cuttings indoors for next year’s garden. Geranium cuttings will root if placed in coarse sand or soilless mix, water, and place in a plastic bag.
- Cut back poinsettias if bushier plants are wanted, lightly or to 2 inches for low plants.
- Begin feeding with a dilute complete fertilizer indoor hydrangeas and water when needed.
- Repot cyclamen when stored bulbs show signs of life. Leave upper part of corm protrude from soil and begin watering.
- Cease feeding amaryllis in preparation for fall and early winter rest.
- Water the garden weekly if it isn’t getting enough rain. Continue to water first year tree and shrub plantings regularly.
- Plant leafy greens like lettuce and spinach for fall salads.
- Potatoes can be dug as soon as the tops die. Let potatoes sit on top of the soil for 2 or 3 hours to dry then place in burlap or mesh bags and store in a dark, cool place.
- Pick lima beans while still green.
- Late beets should be thinned.
- Sow seeds of poppies, bachelor’s buttons, and sweet William in the garden where you want them to bloom next spring.
- Gather and dry herbs and flowers at their peak in a cool, airy and shady place. Cut herbs just before the flowers open.
- Try your hand at “Saving Seed, Saving Culture”.