New England

October, 2001
Regional Report

Harvest Dried Beans


If the pods of your shelling beans are brown and dry, it's time to harvest. Pick the beans pods and place them in a burlap bag. Hit the bag with a stick or bat to break pods and release the beans. Separate the beans from the bean pod chaff and store them in a moisture-proof, airtight container.

Store Extra Apples


Once you've harvested or bought a bushel of apples, and you've made all the apple sauce, pies and crisps you can stand, you can store the remaining apples for winter use. Keep only bruise- and blemish-free fruits and check them periodically for spoilage. Store them in a humid basement or root cellar. Apples keep well for about six months at temperatures between 32F and 45F.

Harvest Brussels Sprouts


As the weather cools, look for Brussels sprouts developing along the stalk. Start harvesting from the bottom and work your way up. To encourage the sprouts to grow large, cut off the top of the plant so the plant will redirect its energy to the developing sprouts.

Plant Bulbs in Layers


If you only have a small space to plant your spring flowering bulbs consider planting them in layers. Dig a planting hole 6 inches deep, add some bulb fertilizer and plant the largest bulbs such as daffodils and hyacinths in the bottom. Cover these with soil and then plant your tulips about 3 to 4 inches deep on top of these large bulbs. Cover the tulips with soil and place the smallest bulbs such as crocus only an inch or two deep on top of the tulip bulbs. In spring the bulbs will emerge at different times and give you a beautiful flower show for weeks.

Protect Container Roses

In cold regions, roses that have been growing all summer in containers outdoors need protection to make it through the winter. After a few hard frosts, bring the containers into an unheated garage. Place them in a cardboard box and fill it with straw, newspaper or packing material to insulate the plant against the cold. Another method is to bury the pot in the garden, wrap some fencing around the bush, and fill in the area inside the fencing with bark mulch so it\'s at least a foot deep.

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