In the final edition of Gardentalk for the 2018 season, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski recommends clearing our garden of harvested and dying plants that will provide a good habitat for slugs laying eggs this fall.
Horse manure, seaweed, and the tops of almost all dead and dying plants can go into the compost pile, except for cabbage family roots, which may be infested with root maggots.
Add some fresh compost or another soil amendment to your freshly cleaned garden beds and then cover with tarps or plastic. That will protect the soil from the fall rains and allow worms and beneficial microorganisms to grow and thrive.
“So, in the springtime whenever the days start getting longer, we can start gardening a few weeks earlier,” Buyarski said.
And, don’t forget to bring in your begonias, dahlias and fuchsias from outside and store them in a dark, dry place like a root cellar or corner of the garage. Be sure to check the fuchsias on a regular basis throughout the winter so that they don’t dry out. They may need a few waterings over the winter to keep the roots from getting too dry.
Finally, everyone is invited to bring a recipe or dish to the annual Garlic Lovers Potluck at the Canvass, Oct. 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Air traffic controllers in Yellowknife, Canada, joined in a widespread, pizza-based act of goodwill recently as the U.S. federal employees’ unpaid payday came and went.
- Alaska’s attorney general and two of the state’s congressional lawmakers are calling on a federal appeals court to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. A U.S. district court judge struck the law down in October.
- A new Blood Bank of Alaska location celebrated its grand opening Thursday in Juneau. The region has been served by mobile blood donation facilities in the past, but this is the first permanent center in years.
- On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service notified objectors of a proposed timber sale about a public meeting in Klawock. By Thursday, the meeting was canceled. But some groups are wondering why this work is happening now at all.