Fall is the best time to plant in Southern California. October is the prime month but you can start scouting for plants now along with getting the garden ready for planting. Here are 5 things you can do this month to help your garden right now:
Mulch. Fall, although much more mild can be really dry. Protect your soil from total dry out by adding some new mulch to your plants.
Prune: Now is a good time to prune shrubs and bushes: Cut any straggly stems from plants to prompt new growth before winter.
Plant Tomatoes: According to Ventura County Star, Tomato varieties such as Champion, Glacier, Taxi and Siberia can be planted in September. By mid- to late October, you will be able to harvest a full crop.