Middle South

November, 2001
Regional Report

Gather Peppers


Clip remaining peppers from the plants with short stems attached, and bring them indoors to ripen at room temperature. Green peppers that are nearly ripe will often color to red in a warm indoor room. Chop, blanch and freeze peppers that you won't use within a week or so.

Compost Leaves


Set up a bin for composting your leaves, and perhaps some collected from your neighbors as well. Chopped leaves rot faster than whole ones, and moisture plays an important role, too. Scattering some soil through the pile will help in retain water in dry weather.

Plant Wheat


The same winter wheat that farmers grow makes a lovely ornamental grass to grow from fall to spring. Plant seeds in any sunny spot, and a fuzz of small green shoots will stand through winter. The plants will take off in spring, and produce grain heads in early summer.

Plant Bulbs


Now that the soil is cool, there is no need to refrigerate tulip, daffodil or hyacinth bulbs before planting them. Tulips and hyacinths often bloom well for only one or two seasons, but you can count on daffodils to naturalize and return for many springs to come.

Trim Chrysanthemums

If you want to grow mums as perennials, trim off the flowers after they become unsightly, but allow the brown foliage to remain on the plants through winter. The canopy of brown stems will shelter the shallow roots, enhancing the plants\' tolerance for ice and cold winds.

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