Thyme :-) for my monthly planting tips for October.
Spring!!! in the Desert - Heavy planting possibilities:
Bay, Greek (Sweet)
Endive (and Chicory)
Lettuce (arugula, leaf lettuce etc.)
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 November 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.