Check your plants for any insect or disease damage and treat when necessary.
Gardening Tasks by Month for Ottawa, KS
Remove any old plants that have stopped producing to help eliminate insects and diseases from your garden.
Keep harvesting your fruit and vegetables every couple days to encourage production into the fall.
Remove any dead flowers from plants to encourage new growth.
Dig up your potatoes once the vines have died and the tops turn brown.
Dig up and divide day lilies that have finished blooming.
Harvest cantaloupe when the stem easily separates from the fruit.
Order spring-blooming bulbs at the end of the month for fall planting.
Share the bounty of your garden with friends and those in need!
Ripen tomatoes on the vine, not the windowsill; put fallen green tomatoes in a brown paper bag with an apple.
Check your local nursery for fall-blooming plants, such as mums and asters.
Fertilize roses (last time this year).
Don’t mow your grass too short during hot weather.
Continue to weed before the weeds go to seed.
Japanese beetles? Handpick and drop in a jar of detergent and water.
This is a great time to plant evergreen trees and shrubs, such as pines, spruces, and firs, because the plants will have time to develop their roots before the winter conditions.
Keep planting fall vegetables, such as lettuce, turnips, collards, kale, radishes, beans, spinach, and beets.
If there are dry spells, remember to water your plants and shrubs thoroughly to prevent drought.
Cut down raspberry canes.