Harvest pumpkins when the rind is hard and the color is a uniformly, deep orange. If a longer storage life if preferred, leave 2” of stems attached to the fruit when harvesting.
Do not remove the outer skins on onion, shallots and garlic when storing them for the winter. These papery skins protect the bulbs from dehydration.
Now is a great time to lift and divide crowded clumps of spring and summer-blooming perennials. Transplant them into open areas of the gardens.
Consider cutting hydrangeas that have dried and bringing them into the house.