Gardening to-do list for September/October
Sept./Oct. 2012 California Bountiful magazine
The days may be shorter, but your gardening to-do list isn't! Here are some tips for keeping home and garden happy and productive for months to come.
- Plant California native bulbs: ornamental onion (Allium unifolium), globe lily (Calochortus albus) and mission bells (Fritillaria biflora).
- Sow seeds of poppies, clarkia and lupine.
- Dig, divide and replant overgrown perennials as they finish blooming.
- Now is the best time to sow a new lawn or reseed bare spots.
- Watch for snails. Handpick.
- Add compost to vegetable garden.
- Plant onions and garlic before frost.
- Begin planting cool season annuals like ornamental cabbage, kale, pansy, primrose and sweet peas.
- Plant cool season vegetables like broccoli, chard, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach.
- Apply chelated iron to azaleas, gardenias and camellias if leaves are yellow.
- Clean up the summer garden and compost the remains.
- In high-elevation areas, dig up gladiolus, dahlias and begonias after the foliage dies. Store in a cool, dark, dry place for the winter.
- Keep trimming roses.
- Give houseplants a rest. Withhold fertilizer until spring. If plants have been outside, hose them off before bringing indoors for the winter.
- To protect citrus from brown rot, keep leaves and fallen fruit picked up. Prune lower branches to 24 inches above ground. This prevents fungus spores from splashing up from the ground.
- Plant daffodils over a three- to four-week period for a long blooming season next spring.