Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September To Do List

Calendulas planted in fall will bloom all through the cool months & into early summer!

  • Fall is prime gardening time in the central valley.  Trees, shrubs and perennials transplanted in fall settle in and put down strong roots so they'll really take off in spring. This is especially true for California natives.

  • September is the best time to order California natives from Blue Moon Nursery. We can special order now for delivery in the beginning of October. Come in or give us a call at 561-3623

  • Continue planting fall/winter veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, kale, lettuce, onions, beets, spinach, bok choy and turnips.

  • Cool season herbs such as dill, fennel, cilantro and parsley can be started from seed.

  • If rain is predicted, California poppy seeds can be scattered over the soil, lightly raked in and watered. Let the rain finish watering them in and get them off to a good start.

  • Cool season annual color to plant now include iceland poppies, calendula and alyssum. Snapdragons, sweet peas, violas and pansies can also be planted unless the weather is still uncomfortably hot. Otherwise wait until it cools down a bit.

  • Showy spring beauties such as delphinium and foxgloves should be planted now so that they'll have their roots settled in and ready to give their best display come spring.

  • What NOT to plant now? Warm season annuals such as marigolds, zinnias, vinca, impatient and basil.