Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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August can start out hot and end up cool. It can trick us into believing summer will last forever, but we know cooler days are ahead. While we are spending time enjoying our garden and the fruits and vegetables of our labors, we should also be thinking and planning ahead for fall.


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1.) Tend to houseplants and prepare them for colder weather

1. Tend to houseplants and prepare them for colder weather, whether the plants were taken outside for the summer or left indoors. Late summer is the time to begin to bring houseplants indoors or given those left inside for the summer a good cleaning. Some herbs can also be grown indoors as houseplants.

2.) Sow seeds for fall harvest vegetables

2. Sow seeds for a fall harvest of vegetables like radishes, beets, and kale. Even peas can be planted now.

3.) Try new recipes using produce from your vegetable garden

3. Try new recipes to use up extra produce from your vegetable garden. If your kitchen counters are covered with tomatoes, squash, green beans, and eggplants, trying new recipes is a great way to use and enjoy them.

4.) Order garlic bulbs now for best selection

4. Order garlic bulbs now for fall planting to ensure you have a good selection to choose from. Garlic is easy to grow. Plant in the fall for harvest the following summer.

5.) Keep watering the garden if you don't get rain

5. Keep watering the garden during dry spells. Newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials especially need water well into fall. The right irrigation equipment will make this job less of a burden.