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.
Put the vegetable garden to bed: remove crop debris then plant a cover crop. Good garden sanitation is vital to preventing plant diseases.
New England soils tend to be acidic but this can be corrected with proper liming. Apply lime based on soil test recommendations. Learn more: umass.edu/soiltest.
Keep weeds with mature seed heads out of the compost pile.
Regularly prune suckers from crabapples and apples as they develop.
For a beautiful clematis with white flowers, consider ‘Albina Plena,’ ‘Henryi,’ ‘Kaiu’ or ‘Snow Queen.’
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.