The summer gardening season
is nearly over so it is time to start planting cool weather vegetables and
flowers that don't mind lower temperatures.
Out With The Old, In With
The New: Most
summer vegetable plants have run their course. It is time to cull those that
are no longer producing and add new vegetables that do well in cooler weather. These vegetables include peas, fava beans, kale, leeks
beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, radish, carrots, celery and winter zucchini. If
planted now, vegetables will be ready in late winter or early spring.
Plant Fall Flowers: Southern California Septembers are typically warm
during the day with a cool down at night. This temperate climate makes it ideal
to plant an array of flowers for fall and winter blooms. These include pansies,
calendula, foxgloves, stock, sweet alyssum, chrysanthemums, sweet peas, snapdragons
and asters. If planting from seed, keep the seeded area moist and shaded until
the seedlings are at least several inches tall. This will protect the delicate
plants from the sun's warm rays.
Soil Preparation for
Garden Beds: If you have an ambitious gardening agenda for fall and winter, now is the
time to reinvigorate your garden beds. After removing tired vegetables and
annual flowers, loosen the soil and mix in three to four inches of compost. The
compost will add nutrients to the soil that will give your new plantings what
they need to grow. If you are planting in a new area, water the area deeply,
remove weeds, break up the soil and then add compost.
Pick Your Bulbs:
will find two main kinds of spring-blooming bulbs at your local nursery or garden center in September:
tulips and hyacinth. Both need to be chilled for six weeks before planting.
Place the bulbs in paper bags in your refrigerator and then plant in early
November. For best results, be sure to select the biggest, firmest and
Prune hedges and shrubs: After a summer growth spurt, many hedges and shrubs
have lost their shape and are sprouting long straggly stems. Prune and reshape now,
as this will prompt new growth before winter. Well-pruned hedges and shrubs
hold in heat and will protect the plants if a frost occurs in winter.
homeowners have abandoned watering their lawns to save on water bills. Now is a
good time to decide whether to cut back on the amount of lawn in your yard
(some homeowner associations require homeowners maintain a certain amount of
lawn). Much of a lawn (particularly around the edges) can be replaced with
drought-tolerant ground cover. Types of ground cover that do well with little
water include dymondia, yarrow, sedums, lantana, verbenas and even thyme
Santa Ana Wind
Watch: Keep an eye out for Santa Ana winds, which lower humidity and soak up
water from the soil. When these winds occur, keep any new plants well hydrated.
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