Outdoor Space: October Tip of the Month
The cooler weather is underway and in about two weeks, we will officially welcome the fall season. Still, there are some things we need to do in our gardens.
1. If you have not yet applied fertilizer to your garden in September, it is time to do so. Call us at 303-775-7412 or email us email@example.com to schedule your service. Front Range area service will be provided Wednesday September 5, 2012 – Thursday Septmber 6. 2012.
2. It is still not too late to plant and harvest lettuce and spinach, they love cooler weather.
3. Don’t wait for carrots to grow too large, harvest them.
4. Dig onions up and leave them on top of the ground to dry out for a few days. When you bring them indoors, make sure to keep them in a cool dry place.
5. Tomatoes have grown well in Colorado this year and you probably still have plenty of them on your vines. As longs as the plant is not declining in vigor, let them ripen on the plant. However, to keep the quality and flavor of your tomatoes, pick them to ripen indoors once the plants starts showing decline in vigor and appearance towards the end of the month.
6. If you have planted winter squash, some melons and pumpkins, wait a little longer before you harvest them. What sign to look for when it is time? When the plant touches the soil and it turns from white to a creamy or yellow to gold color.
7. If you planted many root vegetables, did you know you can either harvest them when they are quite small or leave them in the ground to harvest as late as October, November or even longer if the soil is well mulched?