|Leaf Miner "Channels" on watermelon|
As I start this post on a lovely Thursday morning, it was almost chilly (real feel 73 degrees!!), so I know the cooler morning temps are right behind along with decreasing day temps. Look for more 90s by the end of September.
Along with our transition time from summer to fall and winter comes garden actions, some great, some not so great.
Leaf miners are at it again. Do NOT get overly concerned about these pests. They do no permanent damage to established plants. Also do not get into pruning mode too quickly. The tiny moth responsible for laying the eggs of the larvae which chews the channels on your leaves PREFER new growth, so pruning heavily only gives them new fodder.
|Blueberry May Be Gone.|
On the plus side, I have lovely eggplant and my kitchen trash celery roots are all doing well.
And my radishes are coming along nicely.
|Poinsettias on either side of Jasmine|
Fall is our primary cool weather annual and biennial planting time along with fruit trees and perennials like Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary etc.
The perennials and trees need all the winter cool soil to set down healthy roots. They may not do much above ground growth, but are working hard underneath to grow healthy.
GET YOUR GARLIC in no later than October 31st to ensure a good crop in the spring and hope we get some good chill to make it happen!
Spring!!! in the Desert - Heavy planting possibilities:
Bay, Greek (Sweet)
Endive (and Chicory)
Lettuce (arugula, leaf lettuce etc.)
Peas, English and Sugar/Snap
Potato seeds (not seed potatoes - use seeds) ("seed potatoes" or cut pieces of potato should be planted Nov 1-Jan 1)
EDIBLE FLOWERS TO PLANT:
Cornflower (Bachelor Buttons)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera Berlandieri)
Jasmine Sambac (Arabian)
Marigolds, including Tangerine Scented (Tagetes Lemonii), Citrus Scented (Tagetes Nelsonii)
Sweet William (Dianthus)
GARDEN TIPS for October
"Spring in the Desert" - we call fall our spring because this is when we do most of 'heavy' garden work, trees, shrubs and cool weather edibles all go in now.
The beginning of primary perennial planting season is now through February.
Cool weather annuals and biennials can be sown every 2-4 weeks (beginning in August) through end of February for a continuous crop through next spring.
Garlic: Plant garlic cloves no later than October 31st to ensure full maturity of garlic heads in the spring. Plant extra if you want ‘green garlic’ (used like scallions) through the cool months. The ‘green garlic’ can be harvested when the clove below the soil swells slightly.
This is the beginning of bare-root planting season. Asparagus, raspberry, blackberry, grape, and strawberries may start showing up in your favorite garden nursery.
If you have ever-bearing berry vines, cut them down to the ground after the fruit is finished. (This is easier than trying to keep track of which are the oldest canes — commercial growers use this practice.)
Aphids are a major problem with cabbage family - forestall infestations. Add a fingertip of Dawn to 1 quart of water. Shake, pour 1/4 cup down center of each plant once a week
Make and use a safe soap spray on aphids on other plants (the aphids like our cool nights too!). 1 teaspoon each of dawn and vegetable oil to 1 quart of water. Spray every 5 days for a minimum of 3 repeats to keep them under control. Neem spray is a good alternative.
Have a great time in the garden, getting your next foods growing.
-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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