New England

September, 2000
Regional Report

Harvest Carrots


If you haven't started already, it's time to start pulling carrots. Pull up the largest carrots you can find to give room to the smaller ones left behind so they can continue growing. Leave some carrots until a few cool nights lower soil temperatures and help sweeten these colorful roots.

Jump Start Tomato Ripening

If your tomatoes just don\'t seem to be ripening quickly, there are ways to speed up the process. Tomatoes ripen in response to warm temperatures, so picking them when they\'ve turned color and then continuing to ripen them indoors in a warm room will help. Cut back tomato suckers, new shoots, and flowers since they are taking energy away from the ripening fruit.

Dig Gladiolus

If your gladiolus bulbs have finished flowering and the leaves are naturally dying back, it\'s time to dig and store them for the winter. Dig the bulbs (corms), remove the soil, trim the brown shoots off, and store them in mesh bags in a cool, dry, airy location, such as a basement.

Transplant Peonies


Fall is peony transplanting time. To move or divide an old peony, find a new site in full sun, amend the soil with compost and rock phosphate fertilizer. Dig up and divide the old bush, cutting back all the foliage. Replant the bush so the crown is only 1 to 2 inches below the soil line. Water well.

Harvest Pears


Pears are ready to harvest and eat, but you'll need to pick them soon. Pears shouldn't be left to ripen on the tree, or they'll be rotten inside with a gritty texture. Harvest pears when they are full size, but still green. Let them ripen indoors to the soft, creamy texture you enjoy.

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