New England

August, 2003
Regional Report

Don't Let Weeds Set Seed

We all get behind in our weeding, but it's important to remove weeds before they set seeds. Some weeds will continue to develop their seeds even after you pull them, so remove them from the garden area.

Root Cuttings

Take cuttings of favorite geraniums and any other "annual" flowers that you want to overwinter for replanting next year. Several popular bedding plants are perennial in warm climates, and can be brought indoors as houseplants. Geraniums are one of the most commonly overwintered "annuals."

Save Seeds

Store leftover seeds in tightly sealed glass jars in a cool, dark place. Collect seeds from early-maturing plants, such as columbine, and either replant immediately or place in jars for storage. You can also allow the plants to drop their seeds naturally, then plan to transplant new plants next spring.

Harvest and Freeze Berries

Even if you can\'t eat them all right now, take advantage of the abundance of fresh fruits and berries. Freezer jams are surprisingly easy to make, and even regular \"canned\" jam is pretty straightforward and makes a great gift. At the very least, freeze some berries for later use; simply spread them out on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer; once they\'ve frozen, pour them into freezer bags and seal.

Rejuvenate Dry Container Gardens

If you come home to a dried-out container planting, don't despair. Some plants will wilt dramatically, but come back once moistened. If the water you add from the top pours right through, place the entire container in a saucer or tray of water and let the water soak into the soil from below. If it's still hot and sunny out, place the plant in a shady, cool spot for a few days. Remove damaged foliage and see if it develops new growth.

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