- Frost advisory? Move plants into a garage or drape old sheets, lightweight tarps, and blankets over tender plants like annual flowers and vegetables, containers, tomatoes still on the vine and houseplants you haven't prepped yet for the indoors. Floating row covers (available at garden centers and nurseries) can be used for larger plantings. Weigh down edges with bricks or boards.
from soil surface.
- Harvest what you can as soon as possible. Preserve by canning or freezing. (U of MN Food Safety Canning and Preserving). Dry or freeze herbs like basil, cilantro, and thyme. Make pesto and freeze in single serving containers. Plants like kale and cabbage can take the cooler weather, so no need to protect them.
- Give houseplants special attention before bringing them indoors.
- Examine houseplants well for insect pests. Look on the undersides of leaves, leaf nodes and in the crotches of branches.
- Remove plant debris from the soil surface.
- Wipe off leaves with a damp soft cloth. Spray off smaller plants in a sink and larger plants in a shower.
- Re-pot with fresh soil to reduce / eliminate pest issues.
- Wash pots with 10% bleach solution. Scrub off algae, fertilizer salt stains, insect egg masses and nests. Provide a large enough saucer for plants to drain adequately.
- Many plants will experience leaf drop when brought indoors and into a
Place potted herbs
in a sunny window.