Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2004
Regional Report

Harvest From the Garden

Harvest winter squash and gourds. Make them last by curing them in a warm, dry place for a week or so ( 75 degrees F.). Then store in a cool (50 degrees F.), dry location. Many can keep until early spring.

Inspect and Clean Houseplants

Thoroughly clean houseplants that have been summering outdoors. It is surprising how many little critters can piggyback their way indoors and wreak havoc or become a nuisance. Simply wash down the foliage with some homemade soap spray to dislodge pests. Then rinse the foliage and bring the plants indoors.

Clean up the Garden and Till

If you live at higher elevations and the annuals have already frozen back, clean up the garden. Spade the annual vegetable and flower beds and add a generous supply of compost to enrich the soil for next spring.

Mulch Root Crops to Extend the Season

Spread mulch, such as clean wheat straw or dried leaves, around carrots and other root crops to keep the ground from freezing solid. This way you can continue to harvest these veggies for several more weeks and enjoy their sweeter fall flavor.

Water Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs

Don't forget to water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials. Our regional climate is varied, ranging from high country to semi-arid to arid. If you don't receive rain or snow to charge the soil moisture, bring out the garden hose and water plants to ensure good root development before the ground freezes.


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