October is my favorite month of the year in the garden. Summer is over and when I walk outdoors, I am greeted with delightful temperatures in the 80’s. I even had to wear a light sweater the other night when out walking the dogs with my husband 🙂
|Planting shrubs in the parking lot of our church along with the boy scouts a few years ago.|
|Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatoni), blooms in late winter and into spring in my zone 9a garden.|
|Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana), blooms in spring and fall.|
|Pink Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii ‘Pink’), blooms fall, winter and spring and prefers partial shade.|
|Valentine (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine), is my FAVORITE shrub. I starts blooming in January and lasts until April when there is not much else going on in my garden.|
|Angelita Daisy in the nursery.|
|Angelita Daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis, formerly Hymenoxys acaulis)|
|Our little puppy, Penny, is growing up!|
|Lettuce seedlings that were thinned.|
Don’t throw out your leaf lettuce and radish greens that you have thinned out. Use them to garnish you salad – they are delicious!
Check out your local county extension office’s website for information on when and what to plant in your area this month. For the greater Phoenix area, here is a wonderful vegetable planting calendar
Do you have a favorite agave growing in your landscape? Some agave produce volunteers (also called offsets or pups). October is a great time to propagate succulents like agave or cacti.
I have a favorite Parry’s Agave in my garden and it occasionally produces a little baby, which I take and replant elsewhere in my garden or give to a friend. It is easy to transplant the baby agave and you can see how I do it, here.
As temperatures begin to cool, plants do not need as much water as they do in summer. Adjust your irrigation schedule so that you are water less frequently.
The length of time that you water, should remain the same. Trees should be watered to a depth of 3 feet, shrubs to 2 feet and perennials to 1 foot. For watering guidelines and schedules, click here.
I love container gardening. It is an easy way to change up the look of your landscape seasonally and year to year.
|Container with geraniums, yellow Euryops daisies, fern leaf lavender and blue lobelia.|
Switch out your warm-season container plantings for cool-season favorites. Alyssum, geraniums, lobelia, pansies, petunias, snapdragons and violas are just a few colorful plants that can be added to your containers in October.
Add 6 inches of new potting mix (I like to use a planting mix, which is a little different then potting soil and avoids problems with wet soil) to each container before planting to replenish the old soil.
After adding your new plants, then sprinkle a slow-release fertilizer around the base of each plant, which will slowly release nutrients for about 3 months.
In addition to your traditional flowering containers, how about changing up your containers?
|My granddaughter, Lily, is handling her watering duties very seriously. I just think her little painted toenails are so cute!|
We planted this container filled with herbs and gave it to my oldest daughter for her birthday. Chives, parsley, rosemary and thyme will handle our winters just fine and fresh herbs are just a few steps away from her kitchen.
My newest addiction is growing vegetables and flowers together in containers.
|Petunias grow among parsley, garlic and leaf lettuce in front of my vegetable garden.|
I have almost more fun growing vegetables in containers then I do in my vegetable gardens.
There are many types of vegetable that do well in containers, including leaf lettuce and garlic. For more ideas of how to grow vegetables and flowers together, click here.
**I also made a video about growing a summer vegetable and flower container. You can view it here.
Well, I think that I have given you a fair amount of task to do in your garden.
What type of gardening tasks are you doing in your garden this month? I would really love to hear about it.
I will post another “To-Do” List next month!