Dirt Diggers prepare gardens for fall

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October 16, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Fall is the perfect time to tidy up the yard, prepare your plants for winter and plan for the next growing season, Evelyn Lay told the Dirt Diggers Garden Club at their Oct. 10 meeting at her home.

Dig up your summer bulbs that won’t survive the winter. Dig after the frost and allow them to dry for about a week in a shady but well-ventilated site. Remove any excess soil. Bulbs should be packed away in peat moss or perlite, but don’t let them touch. Dust with a fungicide before storage to prevent rot.

With established beds, you probably have plenty of phosphorus and potassium. Blood meal is a good addition. October is a good time to plant garlic.

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