TIP 1: Late August is the best time to fertilize roses for the last time of the season; also prune roses lightly to promote big fall blooms.
TIP 2: Now is the time to apply Insect Systemic Granules to plants you have outdoors for the summer and plan to bring inside in the fall.
TIP 3: Now is the time to prepare for Fall vegetable gardens. Remove the previous crop residue and any weed growth. Prepare the soil by tilling or spading to a depth of at least 6 to 8 inches. Thoroughly incorporate any fertilizer or compost.
TIP 4: Strawberries should be thinned before fall. Remove all dead or diseased fruit and all but two or three runners from your main plants to promote abundant and large fruits.
TIP 5: One way to save summer herbs is to make butter which can be frozen up to two months. It tastes great on bread, baked potatoes, steak and vegetables.
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
- 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Directions ~ In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat until well blended. Cover and store in the refrigerator.