Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012
By Beth Sears
GARDEN LIKE A PRO
Just because fair season is winding down doesn’t mean that gardening season is over.
Charlene Thornhill, president of the Darke County Association of Garden Clubs, offered several gardening tips for this time of year.
● Replace tired summer annuals and fill in bare spots with fall-colored plants. She suggested planting ornamental cabbage and kale because they can withstand light frost. Pansies are also a good plant for the fall.
● Continue to water annuals in containers and garden beds if rainfall is scarce. As the temperatures cool, the annuals will need less water.
● There is no need to fertilize annual plants at this time.
● Mid-September is the best time for planting spring bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. In most areas, it also is the best time to begin planting perennial shrubs.
● Weed. Attacking weeds in the fall may keep them from rejuvenating before winter arrives. Also pick up weeds and bag them carefully.
● As harvest season ends in the vegetable garden, consider composting the remainder of the plants. Dig a hole in or near the garden, place the plant matter inside, cover the hole with soil and wait. This will provide much-need fertilizer in the spring. Thornhill said to do this away from open home windows because it may produce a strong smell.