usually mild climate is the perfect time to add splashes of color to a flower
garden, plant cool weather vegetables from
seed and introduce new trees to your yard.
Do a Garden Clean-Up: Dead leaves and fallen fruit and
vegetables attract pests and diseases. Before adding new items to your garden,
spend time removing plant debris.
Revitalize Flower Beds: Prepare flower beds for cool weather
flowers. Loosen the soil, spread at least three inches of organic compost over
the soil and then mix thoroughly. Use the right kind of compost for the type of
soil. Compost made for clay soil will loosen the soil to make it workable and
allow water to penetrate. Compost for sandy soil will likely contain humus,
which gives the soil structure.
From Seed: There are
a surprisingly large number of flowers that thrive in fall and winter. These
include African daisy, alyssum, calendula, California poppy, chrysanthemum, delphinium,
forget-me-not, foxglove, Gerbera daisy, larkspur, pansy, Shasta daisy,
snapdragon, stock, sweet pea, verbena, viola and an assortment of wildflowers. Plant
them in September for a beautiful winter flower display.
Buy Bulbs: September is the time when bulbs become
available at local nurseries. Bulbs that will produce flowers year after year
include Dutch iris, calla lily, small-flowered daffodils and watsonia. Once the
flowers finish blooming in spring, the plants will go dormant but begin growth
again in fall. Some bulbs, such as tulips and hyacinth should be placed in
paper bags in the refrigerator for at least six weeks before planting.
Plant a Fall Vegetable Garden: Cool weather vegetables include peas,
fava beans, kale, leeks beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, radish, carrots, celery
and winter zucchini. After planting in September, plan to harvest vegetables in
late winter or early spring. Tomato varieties such as Champion, Glacier, Taxi
and Siberia can be planted in September. By mid-to late-October, you will be
able to harvest a full crop. Pick the fruit a bit early and let them ripen
Hedges and Shrubs: Left
along, hedges and shrubs can quickly become unkempt eyesores. Prune long straggly
stems. This will generate new growth before winter. A hedge or shrub that is well
groomed and free from stray stems offers the best protection from winter frost
Trees: One of the best times to plant trees is in late fall. Planting them in
September and October, gives trees a chance to develop their root system and
become thoroughly established before the onset of the spring growing season.
Because they do not have to be under the stress of summer sun, these newly
planted trees require less water in fall than they would if planted in spring.
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