Fall 2014

ToDo List

First, assess your garden and how plants did this past summer. Note which plants did well and which did not. Look at which areas need soil amendment and new plants.

Clean-up - Deadhead faded blooms and remove spent plants. Be sure to notice any plants harboring insects and diseases, which can affect the next crop you want to grow. Getting the old stuff out will give your future plants the chance to thrive. Don't put any infested or diseased plants into your compost pile. Giving your garden a final weeding for the season will help reduce the number of weeds that spring up next year. Use your local landfill to dispose of weeds, not your compost.

Annuals - Replace warm-weather annuals with cool-weather flowers like pansies, mums, ornamental kale and other annuals that tolerate the cool weather well. You can save seeds from most annuals and plant them next year. Be sure to amend the soil before planting the new flowers.

Perrenials - Now is the ideal time to divide your perennials. It reinvigorates the plant while giving you additional new plants. Also, this is a good time to plant perennial seeds for next spring.

Bulb - Plant bulbs now. But if you want to store them, keep them in a cool, dry place. Tulips, daffodis, crocus, iris and hyacinths all provide wonderful spring colors.

Planting Trees - Planting now is ideal. It gives their roots a chance to grow out of the root ball and into the soil before next spring, when the demands for nutrients for the foilage increase.

Lawns - This is a good time to seed and fertilize a new lawn.

Roses - NOT a good time for pruning, as it stimulates new growth. Best to do this in the spring.

Bed Prep - This is the best time to prepare your beds for spring. Tilling and amending the soil with organic material now gives it time to reach ideal conditioning for your spring plantings.

Easy Organic Mulch - Run your lawn mower over fallen leaves and rake the small leaf shreds into the garden for an organic mulch which will break down quickly.

Fall in Northern California

Greetings Gardeners,
Finishing the wonderful summer garden experience leads us to the fall clean up that does not necessarily appeal to everyone. At least we are still being pro-active even as the hints of crisp cold mornings remind us of what is ahead in the upcoming months. There are a lot of activities to consider now as we are preparing for the cool and wet season.

To begin our quest for a bountiful fall, it is a great time to visit nurseries, those that are having the "Big Sale". Typically, this is the time of year for the nursery to clear out material and make space for new plants. What kind of plants should you be looking for? Well, things like fruit trees, perennials, shrubs, and bulbs.

Fall is the best time to plant. Starting your seeds now for the winter vegetable garden is important. Fall and winter annual color, such as pansies, violas, mums, Iceland poppies, calendulas, and snapdragons can also be planted now.
Fall Rosehips
Composting from now until the rains is a good way to have organic matter available for spring. Just be sure to turn your piles periodically for the best results. Some of your perennials need tip pruning for prolonging their flower production.

For those of you that like fall color from trees, October and November are the best months to check the colors of trees that appeal to you and take note of them so you can look to purchase them either during bare root season or in the spring. Be sure to keep all of your young trees watered thoroughly during the last hot spells of Indian summer. Bulbs will be available from now until the end of October. Remember to utilize bulb food when planting, by using either organics such as bone meal and blood meal, and or granulated bulb food formulas from you local nurseries.

Fall Harvest

If weeds are still prolific in the yard, be sure to pull them out before they reseed next spring. Collect fallen fruit from trees. The decaying material attracts unwanted rodents. Keeping thins clear and clean from the base of plants also helps to prevent diseases and insects from harboring there to cause problems later.

So remember, raking leaves is just part of the routine schedule for the next few months. Collecting your late harvest corn, pumpkins and squashes is what your fall festive chores are all about. With that, have a great time raking, baking and making your garden grows.

Throughout the season we have continued to advocate the sustainable garden, and the important choices one should and can make for gardening and landscaping. It would be very beneficial to the environment for everyone to commit to one thing starting this fall. Recycle or repair something to help protect our resources. Give something back to what gives us so much pleasure...

Good Gardening,
Creative Environments

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