This Month’s Tips
1. Pick and store winter squash; mulch carrot, parsnip, and beets for winter harvesting.
2. Protect tomatoes and/or pick green tomatoes and ripen indoors if frost threatens.
3. Harvest potatoes when the tops die down. Store them in a dark location.
4. Apply 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet to lawns. Reduce risks of run-off into local waterways by not fertilizing just prior to rain, and not over-irrigating so that water runs off of lawn and onto sidewalk or street.
5. Plant or transplant woody ornamentals and mature herbaceous perennials. Fall planting of trees, shrubs and perennials can encourage healthy root growth over the winter.
6. Plant daffodils, tulips, and crocus for spring bloom. Work calcium and phosphorus into the soil below the bulbs at planting time. Remember when purchasing bulbs, the size of the bulb is directly correlated to the size of the flower yet to come in spring.
7. Western Oregon: Plant winter cover of annual rye or winter peas in vegetable garden.
8. Read more monthly gardening tips from OSU Extension.