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thread on a string. Be sure to store them in a cool, dry place. You can still seed lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale and other greens through the middle of the October. It is important to cover these late plantings with a f loating row cover or cold frame. After germinating, these greens will go dormant and re-grow in spring. If you like home-grown garlic, October is the time to plant the cloves. Buy the cloves from a seed catalog. For best success, you will need a deep, well-drained, fertile soil, so planting garlic in raised beds is a good approach. Space the cloves 4 to 6 inches apart with the root end down, and cover with 1 to 2 inches of soil. After the

green garlic leaves emerge, mulch your garlic bed with shredded leaves or compost. If you have fruit plantings, don’t forget to show them some attention. A final weeding of your strawberries, blueberries or raspberries will help keep weed problems to a minimum. Strawberries covered in the fall with a spunbonded polyester material like a row cover and uncovered in the spring just before bloom produce up to 60 percent more fruit than plants given the conventional straw or hay mulch cover. Clean up the home orchard and small-fruit plantings. Remove any weeds and pick up any dried fruits or mummies left on the tree or on

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