Lower South

October, 2011
Regional Report

Stop Fertilizing Houseplants

Reduce the fertilization of indoor plants from late October to mid-March. The lower light and often cooler temperatures results in less growth and a significantly reduced need for additional nutrients. An exception would be plants in a very bright atrium or a well-lighted window.

Spice Up Your Salads

Try experimenting with a few greens that are new to you to spice up your salads. In addition to the traditional lettuce based salads, grow some arugula, mache (or corn salad), plantain, cress, or sorrel. Mixed in with a traditional salad, these specialty greens can add zest and flavor even without dressing!

Prepare Gas Powered Equipment for Winter

Drain gasoline from mowers and gas powered weed eaters and edgers, and then run the engine until it stops to use up any residual fuel in the carburetor. Remove dried clippings, dirt, and other debris and spray the underside of the mower housing and any other rusty areas with a rust-inhibiting spray product to protect the metal during the winter months.

Do A Sanitary Cleanup On Fruit Trees

Remove and discard any diseased or insect-infested fruit still handing on the tree or laying on the soil surface. Prune out any diseased branches. Check for scale infestations and treat with a summer oil product. These sanitary measures will help reduce disease and insect problems next year.

Plant Spinach and Mustard

The weather is cooling off enough now to start seeding spinach and mustard directly out into the garden. If space is not available, start them in transplant trays for setting out in the garden later when a currently growing crop is removed and space becomes available.

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