October is here!
Next to April, October is a favorite month to garden. The cool fronts are starting to blow through and we have gotten an abundance of much-needed rain. Fall is for planting. Experienced gardeners know that fall gives the best return on planting shrubs and perennials. Plants established in the fall have several months to establish roots during the winter months. Add these seasonal garden chores to your list:
- Plant new trees and shrubs or move existing trees and shrubs
- Plant perennials for summer blooms
- Select and check planting dates for your favorite bulbs
- Cool season blooms such as pansies, dianthus, snapdragons and violas are ready to be planted
- Consider adding ornamental kale and cabbage to your landscape
The annual Master Gardener Fall Plant Swap is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at the Discovery Garden, 829 Riding Club Road. You do not need to bring plants to participate in this popular event. Master Gardeners will be passing along extra plants that we have cleaned out of our landscapes. The Swap starts at 9:00 a.m.
For answers to your gardening questions, Master Gardeners are now available on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office. Stop by 915 Whitmore Dr., Suite B and a Rockwall County Master Gardener will be on hand to research questions and provide gardening information. If you can not come by in person, call 972-204-7660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a Master Gardener will respond to you in a timely manner. If the volunteers can not answer your questions on the spot, they will continue to research or will consult with a specialist that has expertise in the subject matter.
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