It’s the first weekend in October. You know what that means: changing leaves, crisp air, pumpkins, apple cider, and all that good stuff. But it also means that the first frost isn’t far away, so gardeners should start working on bringing their plants inside for the winter. Our 2001 article on how to handle outdoor plants in the winter months will give you some tips to get started. It’s good news if you have geraniums: these plants are easy to bring inside and preserve through the chilly months. The article also gives tips on bringing herbs, especially parsley, inside, and drying them. With the farmers’ markets closing for the winter, having some locally grown ingredients to use in the coming months, even if they’re just herbs, will be a welcome relief.

Beware, though: this article is ten years old, and some of its pesticide-related suggestions are outdated — diazinon was outlawed for residential use in 2004. But other than that, write down these suggestions and spend the weekend prepping your plants for the winter.

Note: this is the first of Renovate with Tommy Mac’s Weekend Projects. Look for a new DIY project every Friday!

Prepping Plants for the Winter