Warren County Master Gardeners

                                      Tip of the month

   Collect seeds from your annuals such as cleome, cosmos, flowering tobacco, sunflower or zinnias.           Keep the seeds in an paper envelope and put them in the refrigerator during the winter months. 
  


Beauty Berry

Kathy Castellane, MG


Zinnia

Kathy Castellane, MG

​         ​​Vicksburg, Mississippi


​​Why Fall Gardening Is Important


   Gardening is always about taking care of the roots. The better a plant’s roots, the better the part of the plant you see.       Warren County’s autumns and winters are usually cool, but mild, with the year’s most reliable rainfall. Regular, even moisture is critically important especially for trees and woody plants while they are getting established.     

    In the spring roots are under a great deal of stress. They are trying to develop their feeding systems and support the upper structure of the plant at the same time as rains are ending and heat is increasing.        


  October is a good month to review your inventory of garden tools. Clean them as necessary and check shovels, pruners, hoes and shears for sharpness.  Sharpen if necessary.      Check the handles for breaks and splits. Replacement handles for many tools can be found at local nurseries, retailers and hardware stores.  It is helpful to store your gardening equipment in a specific area. 

    Always follow your manufacturer’s directions in the cleaning and care of the power tools you use in your garden. Add stabilizer or drain gas from your gas-powered equipment and check the extension cords of your electrical tools. 

    Use tools that are comfortable and easy to handle. This will make outdoor chores easier and more pleasurable. Long-handled tools will give you the best leverage.  Lightweight tools are easier to handle and will allow you to work longer.         This is the time to make a list of new or replacement tools you may need and share the list with family and friends as potential holiday gifts.

   

This and That

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air. 
                                   Georges Bernanos