Weekend garden chores
* Dig up tender bulbs for storage until next year
* As perennials quit blooming or die back, trim the dead foliage. You can compost the healthy trimmings.
* But some perennials, if left alone, look great as winter interest and/or provide winter food for wildlife.
* Clean away any and all diseased plants and dropped leaves. It will make next year's gardening that much easier.
* If you live in an area with cold winters but not much snow as protection, mulching in the fall will protect your plants.
* Vegetable gardens are best completely cleared up to prevent any disease or pest overwintering.
* Move your indoor plants back inside before even the first light frost.
* And, don't forget your gardening tools. A thorough cleaning and sharpening now will save valuable time next spring. That goes for your lawn mower, too.