October: What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

It may be tempting to transport leaves from your city garden to your cottage garden or vice versa but resist the temptation.  Transporting leaves from one location to another may also transport a disease or pest that exists in one…

October: Keep Caring for Your Lawn

Keep cutting and watering your lawn as long as it continues to grow, most likely until early November. Aerating, dethatching, and adding fertilizer now will give your lawn a headstart next spring.…

October: Cutting Back Perennials

Cutting back your perennials in the fall or in the spring is a personal choice.  Consider cutting back only those whose foliage and seed heads don’t contribute to the beauty of your garden.  When you do cut back, cut back…

October: Plant Garlic

Plant garlic in early October, in a sunny spot with loose, crumbly soil. Over the rest of the fall, the garlic clove will develop roots. The garlic bulbs will be ready to harvest next July or August.  …

October: Save Your Fallen Leaves

And your neighbours’ too! Composted leaves are “gardeners’ gold”. Rake leaves into a single pile and surround with a simple barrier to keep them from blowing away. A 2 metre pile of leaves will break down dramatically over the winter.…

October: Storing Dahlias

Dahlia tubers can be kept over the winter for use next spring if stored in the proper conditions – a dry, cool place (5-10 C).  Store them in a container which will allow ventilation.  Line the bottom with a layer…

October: Chopping Leaves

If you don’t have a lawn mower that can be used to chop your leaves, consider putting them in a large garbage pail and using a weed eater to chop them (small amounts at a time).…

October: Leaves on the Garden

Rake the soggy masses of leaves off your garden – chop them up and return them to your garden as a cozy blanket for your soil during the winter.  The chopped leaves will decompose and add valuable nutrients to your…