Coastal and Tropical South

October, 2007
Regional Report

Spray for Cabbageworms

Little caterpillars can ruin your harvest when they attack the leaves of any cole crop, such as mustard, turnip greens, cabbage, broccoli, collards, or kohlrabi. If you have seen their black droppings or green egg sacks on the backs of leaves, spray with Bt now and repeat in two weeks.

Plan for Daffodil Days

Whether you're adding to the drifts or starting a new bed of daffodils, it's time to plant those bulbs with many names. Whether your selection is called daffodil, jonquil, narcissus, or paperwhite, most will perennialize to some degree. Plant 3 to 4 inches deep in well-drained soil in partly sunny or full sun beds.

Groom Plants

Grooming plants means keeping them neat, and it definitely helps prevent pests as well as improve their looks. Now's a good time for it, especially when moving plants inside. Trim off broken or browned leaves, shape the overall plant, and remove debris regularly.

Prepare Strawberry Beds

Work up a garden space now to prepare for strawberry planting. We plant in fall, harvest in spring, and grow strawberries like any other annual vegetable, such as broccoli, that prefers our cooler winter temperatures. Straw mulch is traditional, but many gardeners prefer black plastic for its soil-warming properties.

Caring for Camellias

If your garden is getting plenty of rain, be sure young camellias and sasanquas don't sink or sit in puddles, or flowering will be reduced. If gardens are dry, soak established plants deeply once a week to be sure flowers open properly.

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