Buckets of water and fleece blankets can slow the freeze-and-frost process
Ornamental plants like petunias, begonias, dahlias and fuchsias won’t survive even a mild Southeast Alaska winter outdoors. We need to bring them into a space that won’t freeze.
Wilting and yellowing vegetation must be trimmed off fast — before they succumb to slugs and fungus.
While picking apples, check the tree’s interior growth to make sure that future apples on the north side of the tree will get enough sunlight to ripen.
You can plant lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, kale and radishes right now. They will either be ready for a fall harvest or will tolerate the winter’s cooler conditions and have a head start next spring.
Tulips, crocus, daffodils, snowdrops and alliums bloom with different colors, heights and sometimes at different times of the season.
Call the Alaska Division of Agriculture in Palmer if you get a mysterious seed packet from overseas.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski collects seeds from kale, radish, parsnips and spinach in his garden. He’s also tried growing shooting stars, wild columbine and chocolate lily flowers from collected seeds. But timing is key.
Get rid of some apples now to get bigger and better tasting ones at the end of the season.
Plants with moldy garlic stems or skins should be cleaned and processed separately.