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It is the beginning of fall and that means your garden could be showing signs of wear and tear from the long hot summer. We found Jan McNeilan from OSU extension in her garden with a note pad. She is busy writing notes about what changes she wants in her garden before next year.
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She also showed us how to check your tomatoes before the frost to see how to save some for ripening indoors. If they have a translucent light green skin they will ripen on your kitchen counter. You also want to check for late season diseases in your garden, like powdery mildew, but be aware that most of them are normal for this time of year and you won’t need to treat them.
We also talked about spiders. They seem to be everywhere, but that is normal. They are looking to catch prey for their egg sacks for the coming winter. Most of them are the ordinary Orb-weaver or garden spider and they are helping to control your insect population. If you have any questions you can always contact your local OSU extension office.
(Original air date: 8/26/2007 on GardenTime TV. See the GardenTime web site for more videos and information about the show)
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