Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

October, 2003
Regional Report

Divide Spring- and Summer-Blooming Perennials

Perennial plants that bloom in spring and summer can be divided now. Dig the clump and separate into several sections with a large knife or spade. Reset the divisions into new locations with a couple of inches of compost worked into the soil. They will establish roots over the winter and be ready to take off and grow next spring.

Harvest Pecans Promptly

Pecans will maintain their quality if you pick them up soon after they fall and store them in a cool, dry place. For best results, shell them and store the kernels in airtight bags in the freezer. Stored this way they will maintain optimum quality for a year or more.

Seeding Salad Veggies

It's still prime time for planting seeds or transplants of lettuce, spinach, or other cool-season greens in the veggie garden. Barely cover seeds of most greens with finely screened compost. Scatter lettuce seed on the surface as they need light to germinate.

Forcing Bulbs Indoors

A great way to brighten up a dreary, indoor winter day is with flowering bulbs. Many types are suitable for indoor forcing, including narcissus, paperwhites, and amaryllis. Most can be set in a shallow tray of pebbles, or planted in a small container filled with potting soil. Some even do well in a bulb glass, made to hold water and a single bulb.

Select Fall Foliage Ornamentals

Many woody ornamentals that provide good fall foliage color are planted from seed and thus vary genetically from plant to plant. Fall is a good time to choose such plants as it allows you to get a preview of their potential so you can choose the best ones.


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