It’s a great time to add plants to your garden! Merritt College is having their Annual Fall Plant Fair & Sale this weekend. All proceeds support the excellent landscape and horticultural department at Merritt College (my alma mater!)
- Shop for fall and winter color at your nursery.
- Plant spring-blooming bulbs.
- Sow seeds of spring-blooming annuals such as Clarkia (farewell-to-spring), Nigella (love-in-a-mist), Orlaya grandiflora and sweet peas,
- Remove under-performing plants or plants that are past their prime and replace with new plants.
- Plant hardy shrubs, groundcovers and frost-tolerant perennials.
- Fertilize azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with no nitrogen formula (0-10-10) to encourage bud formation but not new leafy growth.
- Divide Agapanthus, daylilies, irises, primroses, shasta daisies Pull up plant with shovel or pitchfork, ease roots or bulbs apart. Replant and share extras.
- Remove spent blossoms on all flowering plants.
- Keep weeding Oxalis is starting to show up...keep pulling them up regularly before they bloom!
Vegetable and Fruit Garden
- Sow cool-season crops like beets, carrots, onions, peas and radishes.
- Plant bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, garlic, lettuce and spinach from nursery starts.
- Continue to harvest! Pick all fruit and vegetables that are ready. Clean up decaying matter off ground.
- If not planting a winter garden clean up summer garden, cover with cardboard and add mulch or compost on top. In the spring you will be ready to plant with minimal weeding
Read more of Angele's gardening and landscaping tips in the Patch Archives.