October 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

October 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

October 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

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October 2023 Pulaski County Home Horticulture Newsletter

Summer is done, Fall is fun!

And please remember to REGISTER for the programs you’d like to attend by scanning the QR codes or clicking on the graphic.




Tree Week 2023 Events

Upcoming Events

October 4 — Horticulture Webinar Wednesday, 12:30pm


October 7Pear Bounty, Ferguson School Park, Free replacement trees for callery or Bradford pears. Must pre-register.


October 9 — Leaf Print Greeting Cards, Burnside Library, 2pm


October 10Family Night at Cole Park, Cole Park, Burnside, 5-7pm. Must pre-register.


October 11 — Horticulture Webinar Wednesday, 12:30pm


October 11Youth Activities, Tree Planting, and Mulch Madness, Shopville Community Park, 3:30-5:30pm


October 12Youth Activity and Hike on the Black Walnut Trail, Army Corps of Engineers, 855 Boat Dock Rd, 4-6pm


October 13Go Batty on Friday the 13th, Pulaski Co Extension office, 6pm. Must pre-register.


October 14Funky Fungi and Mushroom Madness, Woodstock Community Center, 11am-2pm


October 16Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association meeting, 6:30pm business meeting, 7pm program. Pulaski Co Extension Service office


October 17 Bulbs for Beautiful KY Springs, Shopville Branch Library, 3:30pm.


October 18 — Horticulture Webinar Wednesday, 12:30pm


October  25 — Horticulture Webinar Wednesday, 12:30pm


October 26Grow Great Garlic, Pulaski Co Extension office, 5pm. Pre-register please. See graphic below.


November 15 — Sunflower Mason Jar Bouquet Make it Take It, Pulaski Co Extension office, 4pm. Pre-registration required, limited spots.



Shopville Park Tree Week activity

Tree Week is celebrated across the Commonwealth in many different communities.


Here in Pulaski County, we’ve participated in this celebration since 2021.


We hope you spend time with us during this week. But if not, get outside and enjoy all that trees give us!

Statewide Tree Week Info

Statewide Tree Week Info

Garlic Program

For garlic success, plant in October!

Hort Webinar Wednesda for October


October is the end of HWW for 2023

Fall asters, tree galls, winter tree ID, and holiday cactus are the topics this month.


HWW Archives

HWW Archives

Composting Worms
Worm bin

Consider Worm Composting This Winter


Worm composting (vermicomposting) is a way of converting organic waste to a rich stable end form (castings) using red wigglers or other composting worms.


All it takes to get started is a dark plastic tote, newspaper, worms, and food. The food will be your kitchen scraps.


If you’re considering using worms to compost food waste, drop by the Pulaski Co Extension office and see our 17 year old worm bin.

Watch a short webinar

Watch a short webinar


Master Gardener Updates


Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners just returned from the Kentucky State Master Gardener Conference held in mid-September at the Kentucky State University

Harold Benson Research and Demonstration Farm in Frankfort.


The theme of the conference was the Ecology of Backyard Gardens. Three Extension Master Gardeners enjoyed 2 days of speakers and tours.


Master Gardener Deborah wrapped up a 5-session Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Series. She maintained the demo gardens and presented at each session. KUDOS, Deborah!


On Public Lands Day, Master Gardener Melanie gave a presentation to the volunteers at Mill Springs National Battlefield Visitor’s Center. Afterwards, they planted over 300 Kentucky native plants around the perimeter of the Visitor Center. Educational information will be provided in the future.


Master Gardeners regularly lead sessions with the residents of Sky Hope. They enjoy harvesting strawberries and making flower arrangements.


So it’s been a rewarding summer for the Extension Master Gardeners. If you’d like to be included on future mailings concerning the Master Gardener Program here in Pulaski Co, click the link below.

Person teaching about plants
Learn more about the Master Gardener Program

Learn more about the Master Gardener Program

Take the Commuity Assessment Survey

What is the purpose of the community needs assessment?

The purpose of the community assessment is to gather quantitative data to help  identify and prioritize community needs, issues, and/or opportunities that KY Extension may address through targeted educational programming and engagement efforts.


Extension is a grass-roots organization and this is your time to give input!  Thank you!


Get Your Bulb Orders In

Don’t procrastinate getting those bulb orders in. Popular varieties will sell out fast.

And don’t think just daffodils or tulips. There are other bulbs like windflower, Allium, and Siberian squill (that’s a fun name!).


Bulb planting depth art
Bulbs for the Garden (UT)

Bulbs for the Garden (UT)

Flowering Bulbs: Culture and Maintenance (VT)

Flowering Bulbs: Culture and Maintenance (VT)

Bulbs & More (Univ of IL)

Bulbs & More (Univ of IL)


Some Like It Hot

Horseradish. Horseradish, it’s neither a horse nor a radish, but closer to the latter.


If you’ve grown every other vegetable, it’s time to try your hand at this one.



Click the image above to hear a podcast from the University of Illinois Extension. My recommendation: start at the 8 minute mark.


October Garden To-Do List

Divide peonies this month.

Plant garlic! Come to the program on October 26 to learn about it.

Leave the leaves. Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation encourages raking or blowing instead of shredding leaves. Once you have raked or blown weeds to their final destination for the winter, overwintering insects will use them for shelter (see graphics below)

It’s important to clean up the vegetable garden once the garden is finished for the year. Diseases can build up in successive years when plant debris is left in the garden.

Cleaning up is not necessary in the perennial garden. It’s a good idea to leave stems and some leaves for overwintering of important organisms like native bees.

October is the BEST time to plant trees.  Dig a wide hole, don’t plant too deeply, and mulch with 3” (no more!) of organic mulch. Watering is a must — deeply and infrequently yields best results.

Start planting the winter vegetable garden. Seed spinach, radishes, cold hardy lettuces, kale, turnips, etc. Be prepared to protect them from hard frosts. Most will be able to tolerate light frosts.

Red-banded hairstreak butterfly
Leaves Are Not Litter graphic
Luna moth

It’s Always a Good Time to Soil Test


Soil quality determines your success as a gardener. Pulaski County residents get 25 soil analyses for FREE. Soil probes are also available to loan out. Call our office for more details 606-679-6361

Call the office now

Call the office now


Fall is a Great Time to Mulch!


Mulching in the fall helps keep soil temperatures higher so roots keep on growing. This is especially important when you’re planting trees this fall.


Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners are now able to accept credit cards for pine straw. There is still plenty left for your end-of-the-year mulch applications.

Pine Straw Sales Information

Pine Straw Sales Information



Learn More

Learn More


Recipe of the Month

Take a deep dive into all the UK Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipes by clicking the button below.

More Recipes

More Recipes

Recipe card for Twice-Baked Acorn Squash

Newsletter Archive

To access archived Extension newsletters, click here.

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