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October 2017 : Garden and Farm Guide for Illinois Zone 5B
spread finished compost on next spring's early peas and onion beds
check houseplants for insects, spray the plant with insecticide and keep checking the plants
protecting corns for insects or disease, dust with an insecticide-fungicide mixture labeled for the specific plant
Dahlia and Begonia tubers should be stored in a box of slightly moist peat moss
plant carrot seeds in small pots, and place in the sunshine
be sure to treat the outside of your doors and windows with various insecticides to stop the bugs from entering
watch for pantry pests like Indian meal moths in the warm environment of your home
plant spinach and garlic
plant garlic and shallots for spring harvest
place mouse controls near stored fruits and vegetables
locate and spray herbicides on, or remove perennial weeds
apply fertilizer to needled evergreens (pines, spruces, and hemlocks) with poor growth between mid-October and mid-March
if fertilizing hemlock, avoid using nitrogen in the mix where hemlock woody adelgids are a problem
always lift the plant by the root ball or container-not the trunk
tree may be fertilized now
Moles are the meat eaters (insect eaters), where voles are the vegetarians (plant root eaters)
treating for grubs now will eliminate future root destruction by the voles
now is a good time to apply line if soil test indicates the need
broadleaf herbicides can be applied to control cool season weeds such as chickweed, dandelion, white clover, and ground ivy
seeding of lawns should be finished by October 15
turf grown on acid soil has been found to be more susceptible to winter kill
to prevent this type of damage, apply lime to the lawn if soil test indicates the need
Alfalfa needs to be planted with a winter grain to survive early frosts
Clover can still be seeded for the rest of this month
As winter cover oat planting is still possible this month
Good winter pasture can be done with seeding Austrian Winter Peas
Rape seed make great winter grazing, especially after a frost, makes the plants sweeter
Still have time to plant fall pasture mixes, use cool season grasses
Forage radishes still have time to make good pasture and can help control erosion, and work the soil
Turnips still have time to make good tops yet for animal foraging
Wheat can be planted now for either grain production, animal grazing, or erosion control
Moon Signs for October
Date Time Phase
5th 1:40 pm 3rd quarter
12th 7:25am 4th quarter
19th 2:12pm 1st quarter
27th 5:22pm 2nd quarter
Last updated: 10/06/2017
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