Western Mountains and High Plains

September, 2011
Regional Report

Harvest Vegetables Frequently

The more you harvest zucchini, cucumbers, beans, and lettuce in the younger stages, the more the plants will continue to flower and produce. As long as the temperatures remain mild and we escape frost, you'll extend your growing season by continuing to harvest.

Prepare for Frost

If frost is predicted, be prepared with frost blankets, cardboard boxes, and plastic and clay containers. All these things can be used to protect vegetables and flowers from a light freeze. Just be sure to remove the plant protection during the day.

Check Plants for Hitchhiking Pests

Plants that are summering outdoors need to be checked for insect pests before you bring them indoors. Earwigs, slugs, spider mites, aphids, and weevils can easily be brought indoors to continue their feeding frenzy. Use a soap spray to clean up plants.

Fertilize Cool Season Grasses

Lawns in our region benefit the most from fall fertilizer. I recommend a feeding in early September and again in mid to late October. Use an organic-based lawn fertilizer after a good core aeration of the lawn.

Plant Bulbs

To ensure a riot of spring color, plant lots of tulips and daffodils. Bulbs are available locally and can be still ordered online. Add compost to the bulb beds and work it down to a depth of 12 inches or more before planting.

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