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A hard freeze is coming, it's time to do some winterization prep work in the garden

By Mike Thayer

Planter Box Porch
I'll need to either re-pot this Dragon's Breath, an annual, or take cuttings.

Fall is my favorite season of the year, the cooler weather, the fall colors and FOOTBALL!  Other bonuses include not having to cut the grass as much, planting bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinth for that spring bloom as well as the bounty that is a fall harvest from whatever remains in your veggie garden.

But the end of fall means the dreaded beginning of winter and in my neck of the woods here in Kansas, a possible hard freeze has been forecast for Monday, October 17 with the temp falling to 32 degrees, possibly colder with the wind chill.  That's a little earlier than normal, with the first frost typically hitting the Wichita area on or about October 23 each year.

Time to take cuttings of plants, put select annuals in pots, pull the houseplants from the porch (don't forget to debug) and break out the garden blankets to extend the garden season.

Depending on your plant collection, this could be a weekend chore or an afternoon task, a fun one!


  • Containers that are being brought indoors should be submerged in tepid water for about 15 minutes to purge any bugs that may have burrowed in the soil.
  • Spray plants with an insecticide.  If you haven't already started doing this, you may still unintentionally bring in some bugs before the first frost.  You may have to continue spraying per product instructions until those bugs are gone.
  • After debugging, scrub those pots clean and while they're draining from the submerge and drying from the scrubbing, make the indoor placement area ready. 

Did you clean the windows?

$pend Wisely My Friends...

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