Perhaps Jessica was 8 or 9 when she enrolled in the University of Missouri’s Master Gardener program. That was nearly 20 years ago! She really got a lot out of it (though i think her favorite lesson was flower arranging) by learning a lot about companion cropping, planting and caring for flowers, trees, and community involvement. One of the requirements for finishing the program was to do a community service/beautification project. Contact your local county extension agent for information about Master Gardener and other education programs available in your area.
Anyway, October Gardening Tips from Garden Talk! for the Heartland garden enthusiast, a 4 page newsletter available online including past editions.
The ones which i will use are:
- Transplant deciduous trees after they have dropped their leaves. We found a few redbud trees saplings we’d like to enjoy closer to our house.
- Persimmons start to ripen, especially after frost. Well this year, no frost yet, but the persimmons are already ripe, picked up, processed, and in the freezer!
- Place wire guards around trunks of young fruit trees for protection against mice and rabbits. Last year, i lost nearly all my new fruit trees during the winter. i did have protection around them that was about 18 inches tall, but the snow drifted taller than that and the critters girdled them above the protective sleeves by walking on top the snow!!! Grrrrr…..
- Continue harvesting produce.
- Sow oats as a cover crop (i’m also chopping down the Sunn Hemp and laying it flat on the soil)
- Winterize lawn mower. We send ours to John Deere for complete maintenance then remove the battery and store it inside so it doesn’t freeze.