gardens are starting to see a slowdown in flower and vegetable production in
September, which means it is a good time to start planning for a fall garden say
experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly compost
products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California
Plant Cool Season
summer vegetable plants stop producing, replace with vegetable plants that
flourish in fall. Vegetables that do particularly well during the fall months
include broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce and other greens, onions
potatoes, radishes and peas. Mix in additional potting soil to the garden to
replace nutrients that have been depleted over summer.
Prepare Fall Flower Beds: Fall flowers are just as colorful as their
summertime counterparts. The flowers that come in the most color varieties are
pansies. These hearty flowers can last for months. Other flowers that do well
in fall are calendulas, English daisies, English primrose, snapdragon, stock
and winter jasmine. Before planting, remove any remaining summer annuals, loosen
the soil and add two to three inches of organic planting mix.
Keep Up Watering Routine Septembers are typically warm
in southern California and may bring strong, hot Santa Ana winds. Although the
days are growing shorter, plants can easily dry out. Keep on your watering
schedule. Scale back only during the occasional cold spell. If the Santa Anas
are strong, consider bracing young trees with temporary poles.
Back New Blossoms On Fruits and Vegetables: Existing melons and squash need all the
energy their plants can muster. Pinch back any flowers so nutrients stay
directed toward growing fruits and vegetables.
Hedges and Shrubs: It is time to shape hedges and shrubs by removing straggly stems.
Trimming now will prompt healthy, thick growth throughout fall and protect the
trees from frost.
Care: Lawns are still growing in September and October.
Mow weekly and water deeply once or twice a week depending on the weather.
Consider aerification (coring) with an aerator that can be rented at equipment
rental shops. Coring allows for better water and nutrition penetration.
Fall Bulbs. Check with your local nursery for its fall bulbs
including daffodils, anemone, dahlia,
calla lilies, iris, watsonia and freesias. Plant them immediately. Buy tulips
and hyacinth and place them in paper bags in your refrigerator for at least six
weeks before planting. The bulbs need to be refrigerated for hardiness.
more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.
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