There is a special warning sign that gardeners will receive when they go out to pick up the morning grass. The first cold snap of that harvest season is instinctive. They know it won’t hit for a while, but now is the time to be more careful about the coming winter and those first few snows.
Now is not the time to get out of the road signs to guide the snow plow, but it can be hit by snow any night. We found it early and we were late. They are usually light, and we continue to live in cold weather, but not always. It is better to be prepared when it is hit and no matter how hard it is.
Fuchsias and tuberous begonias are probably at the top of the list of plants worth saving. Not good with cold. You can pick it up or store it yourself for the winter with some nursery service.
Let’s start with Begonia, which should be easily soaked and left there until next spring to dry in their containers. If you need a place, let the plants die again, then carefully remove the pumpkins from the soil. Be sure to name what you have and store it in a dark, cool place, such as a towing area or a warm underground room. It should not be less than 32 anywhere. Put them in a saw if you can. You can store pumpkins in paper bags or cardboard boxes unless they are in contact with each other.
Fuchsia continues to grow and flower, but only under light. But many people want to keep their bed for the winter. Stop watering and trim your plant to a pyramid shape. Store the plant in begonia pumpkins.
Collect seeds from rhododendron flowers. Allow the soil to dry and then place the container plants with the vegan.
Dahlia phrases do not worry about early snow, and some say they will do better next year because of exposure. The leaves die again, then take it out and let it dry for a week or more. Be careful not to overdo it, as there will be fig trees, not just the ones you planted. The sticky soil contains microbes that have been around for a long time. Do not wash when the plants begin to sprout next spring.
Gladioli is also good in some snowy weather. Store them – roots, stems and leaves – in paper bags and store the rest in that dark and cool place.
If you have indoor plants outdoors, they should be in place before the frost, but make the transition slowly, in the opposite direction. Keep them in an unheated garage for a few days to a week. Spray them with neem or other organic insect repellent to prevent robbers from moving around the house. Find and remove sliders and snails. Of course, make a few traps using beer / yeast water.
Before the frost is forecast, now is the time to get Amerlius into their annual sleep. Just put their pots on their sides – they found it – a dark and cool place to look like your other plants. Let the leaves die again.
When most gardeners look for snow to find out when to store houseplants, when the temperature reaches 32 degrees, it is time to plant a hard-boiled garlic, so they have enough time to develop a root system before the ground is properly frozen. This is a great crop growing in Alaska, especially since we are looking for new non-invasive crops. Visit the internet for information – uaf.edu/ces/garden/garlic. From September 14 ($ 10 to $ 12), there will also be a live educational highlight from the Alaska Vegetable Garden.
Finally, do not wait for the snow to harvest your crops! Excluded are potatoes and Brussels sprouts, which taste better if they are allowed to suffer on one or both sides.
Jeff Alaska Garden Calendar
Alaska Vegetable: Momentum Dance Collection “Uncovered” shows garden performance. 2-3:30 pm Saturday and Sunday September 4 and 5. Tickets are $ 15 (7-17) for teens, $ 25-30 for adults and for children 6 and under. alaskabg.org (4601 Campbell Airport)
Butter and eggs – you can still find them in the flower and remove the rest, which now carries seeds. As beautiful as they are, they are truly invasive pests.
Plant row – share grown. Don’t waste it.
Fertilizer for gardens and containers: Organic supplements should be applied now so that microbes can spend all winter on them. Also, before adding leaves and mud for the winter.
Launches – Thanks for all the emails saying don’t cut your first grass week. Organic grass supplements can now be degraded and damaged during the winter. You should not store chemical fertilizers as they should not be used by anyone.