Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

August, 2000
Regional Report

Last Chance To Plant Cucurbits

Time is running out fast for making a last planting of squash or cucumbers. Try the fastest-maturing varieties of each type you can find. I particularly like the acorn squashes. Acorns require no curing, so you can eat them fresh or store the most mature ones for winter consumption.

Plant Fall Greens

The selection of greens to grow in fall is so huge that it pays to spend some time studying lettuces, bok choys, maches, and roquettes. Plant a range of varieties that will add a little zip to fall and winter salads. Start planting at the end of the month.

Making Hot Compost

You can make your dormant compost pile start smoking by mixing in a big helping of fresh green grass clippings. Dampen and blend the mixture every 5 days, and within two weeks you'll think your heap has gone nuclear. Once the heap hits 130F, insects and diseases hiding in your heap will be history.

Dig Daffodils

Daffodils are fully dormant now, so if you need to move or divide the clumps, now is the time to do it. Lift the clumps up with a spade from underneath, trying not to damage the bulbs. Keep them indoors until you\'re in a replanting mood in October or November.

Use Row Covers For Insect Control

Keep cabbage worms and loopers away from fall-planted cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts with floating row covers. This cheesecloth-like material lets air, water, and light in, but keeps insects out. Either drape the cloth over the plants or use hoops made from plastic pipe as supports for these lightweight fabrics.


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