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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

October 1 to October 30 - Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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A good ending for this year’s growing season helps ensure a good beginning for next season. Now is a great time to lay the groundwork for next year’s garden.

 

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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Harvest the last of the vegetables in the garden that don’t tolerate frosts

1. Harvest the last of the vegetables in the garden that don’t tolerate frosts, like tomatoes and peppers, and use them for sauces and other foods that can be frozen for later. Pull up and discard any plants no longer producing. This will lessen the chances of diseases and insects overwintering in the garden and make it easier to get going again in the spring.

2.) Plant bulbs for spring flowers

2. Plant bulbs for spring flowers like tulips, daffodils, and crocuses as the ground cools. Look for a variety of early, mid-season, and late-flowering flowers to have blooms all through the spring.

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3.) Prepare new planting beds now so they’ll be ready for spring.

3. Prepare new planting beds now so they’ll be ready for spring. This is especially helpful if you plan to grow vegetables. Preparing new planting areas in the fall gives them a chance to settle in over the winter and they’ll quickly be ready for planting in the spring.

4.) Pot up indoor winter flowering bulbs like amaryllis to enjoy indoor blooms

4. Pot up indoor winter flowering bulbs like amaryllis to enjoy indoor blooms. Pot up a few bulbs ever couple of weeks so you’ll always have something in flower.

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5.) Keep watering newly planted trees and shrubs

5. Keep watering newly planted trees and shrubs especially if you’ve experienced a drier than normal later summer and fall. This helps improve the chances of them making it through the winter. But be sure and bring in hoses before we get night-time temps below freezing.

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