Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

October, 2008
Regional Report

Plant "Blue-Leaved" Vegetables

Cold weather will soon be here so don't delay getting in a planting of broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, and collards. The sooner you plant them the more growth they'll put on before really cold temperatures slow their growth to a crawl. Water them in well with a dilute soluble fertilizer solution. Then keep them growing vigorously with regular feeding.

Dig and Store Caladium Bulbs

If you wish to save caladium tubers for another year, dig them now and allow them to dry in a well ventilated but shaded area. After 7 to 10 days, remove the leaves and soil; then, store in dry peat moss, vermiculite, or similar material. Pack so that the tubers do not touch each other, and store the container in an area where temperatures won't drop below 50 degrees F.

Pick Up and Discard Fallen Branches

Each fall twig girdlers appear throughout the region in many types of trees, including pecan, sycamore and persimmon. We seldom see the insects but rather find perfectly cut, pencil-sized branches about the landscape. This amounts to a minor pruning and no control efforts are needed. Simply collect and destroy the fallen branches, since the eggs are deposited in that portion of the branch that drops to the ground.

Plant Salad Greens

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.

Purchase Bulbs for Forcing 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 a single bulb and filled with water.


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