Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


November, 2001
Regional Report

Protect Evergreens

Broad-leafed evergreens can suffer winter damage from excessive wind and from reflected afternoon sun. Protect them with anti-dessicant spray applied according to the label directions, and make sure the soil is kept evenly moist until it freezes. You can also construct a nearby windbreak out of burlap or snow fencing.

Keeping Cabbage

Store harvested long-keeper cabbages in a very cool location (above freezing but below 40 degrees) with high humidity and good air circulation. Or, wash, blanch and freeze cabbage to enjoy this winter. By leaving the cabbage stumps in the ground, you may be able to harvest tiny cabbage heads as a second crop next spring.

Mower Storage

Follow the manufacturer's recommended procedures to prepare your lawn mower for winter. Steps often include cleaning off debris, adding a fuel stabilizer and then draining or running it to use up the gasoline, changing the oil, replacing the air filter, maintaining the spark plugs, and sharpening or replacing the blade.

Humidify Houseplants

To counter the drying effects of indoor heating, group plants together on a pebble tray to increase humidity in the immediate area. Place a layer of pebbles in a shallow tray and add water to just cover the pebbles. Set pots on the pebbles. Top up as needed when water evaporates. To prevent algae, add a small dash of household bleach to the tray water.

Chemical and Fertilizer Storage

Store leftover garden chemicals and fertilizers in a secure dry area at room temperature. As always, make sure they are clearly labeled and are kept locked away from children and pets. Dispose of any empty containers according to label instructions and local law. In some areas, there is a special collection day for used pesticide containers.


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