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The Mahtomedi Garden Club is a group of individuals who are passionate about growing beautiful flowers and learning new things about gardening. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about the role we play in the community, opportunities for gardening education, membership, and our special programs and events.
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Things to do in the garden in October
Prune back roses
Save seeds of any open-pollinated (not hybrid) varieties you want to grow again. Place a bag over the seedheads and when it rattles with dropped seeds, remove it and store the seeds. Don't forget to label!
If you are letting any plants self-sow in the garden, allow them to dry out completely before removing. Mulch the area lightly to prevent seed loss from birds, leaf-blowers, and rakes.
Dig up any remaining tender bulbs (Dahlia, Canna, Calla, Caladium, etc) and store indoors for winter.
Discontinue regular watering of trees, shrubs, roses and perennials to prepare for winter, but continue to water new plantings until frost.
Dig holes and prepare planting sites for any bulbs and plants still waiting to be planted this fall. Plant bulbs as soon as they arrive.
Turn the compost pile and continue adding leaves.
Clean the garden of all debris. Replace mulch anywhere it is needed.
Clean and refill birdfeeders, and add suet feeders after frost. Drain birdbaths or add deicers for winter.