Northern & Central Midwest
It's Apple Harvest Time
Make a point to try new apple varieties this year. This is harvest season and local farmers' markets are full of all types of tempting, tasty fruits. Conduct your own taste tests and decide what trees you need to have in your own yard.
Take Care of Tender Summer Bulbs
When frost browns tender summer bulbs, such as gladiolus, tuberous begonias, caladiums, cannas, and dahlias, lift them gently with a spading fork and knock off as much soil as possible. Clip the leaves off and check references so you'll know whether individual bulbs need to be stored moist or dry.
Get Ready to Plant Garlic
If you grew your own garlic this year, separate the largest cloves you have left for planting. If you didn't grow any, check out the farmers' markets and purchase plump bulbs that were grown in your area since they will be better adapted to your growing conditions.
Don't Worry About Boxelder Bugs
Boxelder bugs may start appearing indoors. They are black and red and harmless, although annoying. They don't feed on clothing or food, so simply vacuum them up and dispose of them. Try not to crush them since they may leave a red stain.
Protect Plants From Early Frost
Frost is coming! Get your blankets, tarps, sheets, cloches, paper tents, hot caps, and floating row covers ready to place over vegetables to insulate them against frost. Often only the upper and outer foliage of plants is damaged, and the plants will continue producing.