the fall sun moving lower in the sky, October is the time to adjust your garden
to keep it producing beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables in Southern California,
say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil
products made from organic material collected from more than 50 Southern
Plant Cool-Weather Flowers: Give you fall garden a
dash of color by planting cool-weather flowers such as pansies, calendula, primrose,
chrysanthemums, delphiniums, Iceland poppies, snapdragons and alyssum. Consider
sprinkling California wildflowers seeds around your garden including California poppies, larkspur, linaeria and gypsophila.
Spruce up perennials: Even hardy perennials such as Shasta daisies, callas
and yarrow begin to look scraggily this time of year. Cut back overgrown and
dead stems to the ground. They will immediately start growing back with a fuller
Plant lawns: Fall is one of the best times to plant a lawn
whether by seed or sod. Most of the summer heat is gone. Well-suited lawn types for Southern California
include tall fescues, Bermuda and perennial ryegrass. If you already have a Bermuda lawn, consider
adding ryegrass seed so the grass remains green in winter instead of going
dormant. When planting from seed, use a
lawn top dressing to help keep the seeds moist while sprouting.
Herb's Fall Season: Plenty of herbs do well when planted in fall. They
include garlic, oregano, parsley, rosemary, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel and
thyme. Unless you have been clipping back
the flowers on your basil plants, the leaves will have lost their soft texture
by now. Pick and dry these leaves and use them for cooking.
Plant Vegetables For Winter
and Early Spring Harvest: Many vegetables do well when the weather cools. Plant these vegetables
now: broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, radishes and peas.
Reduce Watering: Unless hot Santa Ana winds blow through Southern
California, you can scale back watering lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs. A
well-mulched garden will hold in moisture and reduce the need for watering. To
reduce water costs, be sure water timers are shut off when it rains.
Spring Bulbs: Plant daffodils, hyacinth,
tulips and crocus bulbs. Planting now
should result in flowers in spring. Make sure your soil's clay content doesn't
make the soil too dense. Till soil conditioner into the top 12 inches of soil.
This should help break up the clay and make the soil more conducive for the
bulbs to grow.
Plant Drought-Resistant Trees and Shrubs: When planting in cooler fall months, trees and shrubs
have the opportunity to establish themselves before summer heat. Avoid
frost-sensitive plants and those best suited to summer planting.
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