The Gardener’s Checklist for the Mountain States Region

Teton Mountain Range

• If you haven’t already sketched out the garden as it was this year, do so now.

• If you admired a new and different vegetable or fruit in a friend’s garden—or at the fair—make a note of that.

• Continue to keep track of your harvests by making notes in your garden journal or calendar.

• Go through the garden and clean up and remove any “tired” plants or plants you didn’t love. Make a note, what would have been terrific in that spot?

• Save those seeds.

• Carefully place mesh onion bags over the heads of the tall sunflowers to keep the birds and squirrels from stripping the flowers of their seeds. This may require a stepladder for getting to the top of these giants, so be careful.

• A great time to repair any spots in the lawn, use a premium lawn seed or turf from a reputable turf company.

• For the lawn, apply your second application of organic fertilizer this month.

• With the cooler weather, check to see if you can get by with once a week irrigation. You can reset the timer on your sprinkler system accordingly.

• Keep the lawn mowed and the mower blade sharp.

• Mow down the asparagus fronds and add an inch or so of mulch over the cleaned up area.

• Keep up with the harvest of all the produce.

• Clean up the expired plants as you go. If they are disease free, compost them.

• Consider leaving the variety of seed heads and pods for fall and winter interest.

• Eradicate weeds, especially before they go to seed.

Sow and plant

• Plant Asian greens, arugula, beets, and kale.

• Check the sales for cane fruits, trees and shrubs. This is the perfect time to plant any of those.