5 Things To Do In The Garden Right Now

5 Things To Do In The Garden Right Now

Laure Joliet
Sep 5, 2008

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:

Plant Ranunculus. They're bulbs now, but plant some of these guys now and see them flower in the spring. Find out how to plant bulbs.

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.

Plant Salvia. Or really any native of Southern California (check out Theodore Paine or Fullerton Arboretum for more native plant ideas).

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.

[images from natorp, gardenweb]

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