You may continue to plant shrubs and trees this month, since their roots are in active growth into November.
September’s cool weather keeps moisture in the soil lots longer than in summertime, and nursery stock planted now is much less prone to transplant shock. Remember to do it in the cool of the day if at all possible, and to water them in thoroughly.
Consider also wrapping the lower trunks of young transplants in protective tree wrap. Otherwise rodents could nibble their bark in the winter, girdling the trunks and killing the trees. For this reason it’s also a good idea to cut back any plants growing up close to your tree-trunks; grasses in particular give rodents winter nesting protection.
Keep an eye out for Squash Bugs. They usually attack Squash/Zucchini and Cucumber plants. The eggs look like little yellowish BBs and then the bugs grow to look like the photos here. Squash bugs are often mistaken for stink bugs, as they are similar in appearance and both have a foul odor when squashed. However, stink bugs are wider and rounder than squash bugs.
The squash bug is fairly large (over ½-inch long) with a brownish or gray body and flat back. The edges and undersides of the abdomen have orange stripes. They are able to fly, but they often simply walk around on plants. Young squash bugs, or squash bug nymphs, are gray and have black legs. They move quickly and often in groups on the undersides of leaves.
These bugs inject a toxin into the plant and suck the sap right out of it with their sharp, sucking mouthparts. This causes yellow spots that eventually turn brown. The leaves will wilt because the damage prevents the flow of nutrients to the leaves, and then they will dry up and turn black, crisp, and brittle. The leaves also sometimes have ragged holes. Smaller plants will die, and squash bug feeding can decimate young fruit.
TJ’s TIP: The best way to get rid of these little critters is to spray them with a completely safe insecticide called Pyrethrin.
Instead of a view from the greenhouse, I have chosen a view from my front and back yards. When I look out, I am reminded of a song by Sting, the lyrics ‘you can tell the sun in his jealous sky when we walked in the fields of gold. When we walked in the fields of gold…’
All I see for miles around me are fields of gold. The Chamisa in full bloom, the snakeweed and golden asters are in their splendor. And, even more glorious, are the fields of Golden Crownbeard (verbesina encelioides) also known as Cowpen daisies. Because of the late summer rains, this year we have one of the best showings of this beautiful wildflower. Everywhere you look and drive, there are fields of golden daisies.
We are getting at least a dozen calls a day asking if we know what these wildflowers are. Growing up, I remember my grandmother gathering the leaves and drying them as they are considered a medicinal herb.
The Garden Guru mentioned last week that now is the time to just to kick back and enjoy the fruits of our labor! Lynn also mentioned that in certain parts of the country, people actually wait until the fall season to plant outdoor plants because the temperatures are more moderate … it’s easier for the plant to go through that transition of being transplanted and actually it’s easier on the person digging the hole to put the plant into … too! In essence, it’s a great time of the year to plant anything that grows outdoors that Winters through … trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and ornamental grasses…. and to make it more special… the FALL IS FOR PLANTING SALE began last Friday and continues this week as well!
Listen to Lynn’s tip on what other things you can do to take advantage of the FALL IS FOR PLANTING SALE this month!
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
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