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October’s Planting Tips
- Do not feed roses. Deep water every other day. Your rose bushes should continue to bloom until the first heavy frost.
- Plant cool weather annuals such as alyssum, dianthus, lobelia, petunias, snapdragon, stock, and violas. As it continues to cool down, look for geraniums, pansies, and primrose.
- Plant cool weather vegetables such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cilantro, desert chia, garbanzos, lentils, lettuce, parsnip, salsify and spinach.
- A wide variety of cool weather vegetables are available and easily grown from seed, including lettuce, mesclun, radishes, peas, and Swiss card.
- Plant cool season herbs such as dill and parsley.
- Plant Sweet Pea seeds.
- Plant wildflower seeds for spring bloom. African daisies, blue bells, California or Mexican poppies, desert lupine, gaillardia penstemon and native wildflowers are all good choices for planting now.
- Plant trees and shrubs not sensitive to frost. The winter months will allow for the development of a good root system, supporting new spring growth.
- Begin to decrease the frequency of irrigation on established trees and shrubs. By the end of the month, you may be down to an irrigation schedule of once every 3-4 weeks.