How to nurture plants you've brought in for wintering with a mini, makeshift greenhouse. | Photo: Tom McWilliam | thisoldhouse.com
How to plant layers of bulbs now that will give you three bursts of color when spring arrives. | Photo: Brian Wilder | thisoldhouse.com
How to propagate fall perennials now for replanting in the spring. | Photo: Rob Cardillo | thisoldhouse.com
How to prune lilac bushes so that they bloom every year. | Photo: Anne B. Keiser/National Geographic/GettyImages | thisoldhouse.com
Never mind the excuses. Just thank your lucky stars tardy gardening is a project where procrastination pays off in nice late bloomers. Dahlia (Dahlia cultivars)- You didn't plant the spring tubers, so buy them potted and already in flower. Save tall varieties (3 inches or more) for beds. See more plants that are perfect if you're Planting Late at thisoldhouse.com
To encourage root development when propagating fall plants, pour powdered rooting hormone, available at garden centers, into a small dish, then roll and dab the cut end until it's thoroughly coated. If using liquid hormone, soak the cut end for 5 seconds. | Photo: Rob Cardillo | thisoldhouse.com
Learn how to harvest wet-seeded plants, such as tomatoes or squash, to save and replant for next year's garden.