Mid-Atlantic

October, 2004
Regional Report

Plant Minor Bulbs

Don't overlook the so-called minor bulbs for your garden. Experiment with a handful of crocuses, snow crocuses, scillas, Iris reticulata, or snowdrops for spring blooms. These easy-to-grow, diminutive plants provide early spring color perfect for small spaces and jewel box settings. Or they can be used en masse (by the hundreds) to create an ephemeral but stunning show.

Harvest Apples

When the fruit is ripe, apple skins show their full color and the apple seeds darken. Pick your harvest with care to avoid bruising the fruit and pack them into wooden crates or sturdy cardboard boxes for stacking and storage. Pick the trees clean and also clean up and remove fallen apples to prevent any pests or diseases carrying over to next year.

Rake and Mow

Keep mowing the lawn as long as it keeps growing. You can mow over a thin layer of fallen autumn leaves using a mulching blade to recycle them onto the lawn, but a thick layer or a heavy wet layer of leaves should be raked off the grass first. (You can use these in your compost heap.)

Take Notes and Photos

Winter is a great time for garden and landscape planning, and there\'s nothing like a few photos to help you remember how things looked last year. Take shots of your best and worst areas for easy (and accurate) reference. Also make notes of any favorite or disliked varieties you grew this year so you\'ll know what to purchase next time around.

Take Time to Enjoy Fall Color

Fall foliage tours are big business, but you can tour your own neighborhood and local area on foot or by bike and get an up-close appreciation for the wonderful variety of fall colors and how they change from week to week. This may even give you some ideas for things to plant at home.

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