In Zone 6, Nature give us 189 days of growing. This has nothing to do with the first and last average frost, but the end of the growing season. It means the sun, air and soil aren’t warm enough to plant and grow new plants. Keep this date, Oct. 25, in mind as you plan to plant the more tender ornamentals and veggies next year. But in the meantime, there is still much to be done: Get busy! Order the last bulbs for fall planting — it’s not too late for that. Rake leaves, and plan to compost them this year.
North Shore Gardener by Barbara Barger of Beverly is a feature of Friday’s Lifestyles section. Reach Barbara by email at email@example.com or write to her c/o The Salem News, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915. Previous North Shore Gardener columns can be found at www.nsgardener.com.