• Check garden centers for clearance specials on plants and bulbs and get them in the ground. Some bulbs, such as tulips, will perform well even if planted late. Inspect to make sure they are healthy, and celebrate your bargains.
• For the compost-conscious gardener, put aside a pile of leaves to use as dry material next year. Dry (or brown) material can be difficult to find during the growing season, so stash some now during the time of plenty.
• Help a neighbor put their garden to bed. The elderly and infirm might need physical assistance. Schools and churches can always use helping hands. This is a chance to share and receive gardening knowledge, as well as expand your gardening community.