Light rain, cool temperatures and warm soil create great conditions for planting fall garden.
Autumn starts on cool side – with a chance of rain coming soon
Final days of summer will be perfect for fall planting
Sunny, clear and not-too-hot days make for good planting weather
Make the most of this cool end of summer; start your fall garden
August ends on a warm note, but cooler days coming soon
Some rain possible from unusual storm system, but not a deluge
More triple-digit heat coming soon; plan accordingly
Our yo-yo weather continues; watch out for signs of plant stress
Last days of July seem normal before 'cool' start to August
After record heat, some cool relief is on its way
Intense heat will challenge midsummer garden
Make most of mild weather before triple-digit heat returns Friday, opening day of the State Fair.
Red-hot start could make July challenging
June ends with a warming trend; triple digits coming soon
Windy conditions will keep temperatures below average during last days of spring.
Coolish June weather continues but watch out for threat of thunderstorms.
With more coolish weather ahead, there's still time to plant for summer
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For week of Oct. 1:
Make the most of this cooler weather. Get to work on your fall garden:
* October is the best month to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Plants become established – sending down deep, strong roots – faster in warm soil.
* Divide and replant perennials. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to the planting hole, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.
* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.
* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.
* Plant garlic and onions.
* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.
* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.
* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioli, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.
* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.
* Clean up the summer vegetable garden and compost disease-free foliage.
* Harvest pumpkins and winter squash.
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