Make Your Bed For Winter

  • Seeds–collect annual and perennial flower seeds in envelopes and store in a dry location. Leave some for the birds!!
  • Stalks–cut stems at the base of tall perennials like tall asters or helianthus maximiliani, remove any side branches, bundle together with string and use as stakes for the following year.
  • Dividing–divide lilies using a large, garden fork. Distance between planting lily bulbs depends on the type; a rule of thumb would be 12 inches minimum. Other perennials to divide: astilbe, monarda, rudbeckia, gaillardia, aquilegia, solidago, hosta, miscanthus and many more. 
  • Prune some of the flowers but leave ones that might add winter interest when frost or snow occurs
  • Mulch–clean up the area of twigs and other garden debris as they could carry diseases, and lay a 4-inch layer of mulch
Daily Gratitude: wearing sandals in November
Quote of the Day for YOU:  All my hurts my garden spade can heal. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson                                    
© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.
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