Pumpkins, gourds and squash are kids garden favorites.

Late Season Harvest

Now’s the time to harvest hard-skinned squashes, pumpkins and gourds, as well as mature green tomatoes, which you can let ripen on the windowsill. Cool weather crops like collards, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts should be good in the garden through the first light frosts.

Put the Garden to Bed & Order New Supplies

Clear out the old, dying annuals and warm season vegetable plants; pull out and clean stakes, trellises, signs and other garden structures; evaluate hoses, sprinklers and other tools. 

Keep on Composting

Gather up leaves and old plant materials from the garden to compost. 

Now’s a Good Time to Plant

With its cool temperatures and more consistent rains, fall is an excellent time to plant perennials, shrubs, and trees.  Of course, they will require some extra watering to help them get established. This also is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs.  For an impressive, “massed” look, use hula-hoops as your guides and plant the bulbs within the circle.

Going to Seed

Many plants are forming seed pods or are dispersing seeds. Look for examples in the garden. Now’s an excellent time to

• Collect seeds, especially those of native plants, to grow next year
• Teach the plant lifecycle
• Teach the parts of a seed
• Teach how seeds travel

copyright Anne Nagro