Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Inland Northwest, High Desert

September, 2000
Regional Report

Weatherstrip Doors and Windows

Cooler nights tell us that fall and winter are on their way. A new piece of weather stripping under the doors and around windows will keep out cold winter winds. Also, many insects that would be happy to be indoors all winter, will be deterred too.

Share your Veggies

After we've eaten, frozen, and canned all we want to see for this year, it's great to share with others. If your community has a "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program in place, great. "Plant A Row" is a program asking gardeners to grow a little bit more produce to give away to local food shelves in summer and fall. You call also just call the local soup kitchen to confirm to find out the types, when, and how much fresh produce they need.

Plant Fall Crops

While the ground is still warm, it's a great time to plant a quick crop of dill, radishes, lettuces, peas, or green onions. With warm days and cool nights from now until Halloween, they'll have plenty of time to grow. However, to insure a quick harvest buy some transplants instead of directly sowing seeds in the ground.

Using a Garden Journal

Garden journals are invaluable for knowing what\'s happening -- or about to -- in the garden. It helps you record your successes, failures, what bloomed when and how well, and the best time to plant and when to expect a harvest. A little wire-bound notebook is all you need to start your journal for next year\'s garden.

Last Feeding of Roses

September 1st I fertilize the roses one last time. I feed them only lightly, just enough to keep those last, perfect blooms, well, perfect, but not to stimulate new growth. Also, I slow down watering to once a week for a few weeks, and then every ten days to help roses toughen up for the cold winter ahead.


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