“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”― L. M. Montgomery
October is finally closing in and that means it's time to get A LOT accomplished in the garden! Shrubs, trees, perennials and annuals can all get planted this month, as well as anything that needs transplanting.
Why should spring get all the glory? While you might not think of fall as a time to get outside and plant, it actually presents a golden opportunity to do just that. October in the Central Valley offers us warm days and cool evenings; perfect weather to get roots established and give you an awesome show of color come Spring. Annuals planted now will also need much less water to survive due to cooler temperatures and rainfall (Lord willing!)
In my own garden, I have been busy cleaning up the flowerbeds and shaping overgrown shrubs and perennials. Now, that I have the summer annuals pulled out, I'm ready to plant my favorite spring bloomers!
Although bulbs won’t be planted until November, it is important to get in the nurseries now while there is a good selection. Bulbs like daffodils, narcissus, ranunculus, anemone, dutch iris, and freesia can be kept in a paper bag until it’s time to plant. Tulips, hyacinth, and crocus should be refrigerated for 4-6 weeks before planting. Bearded iris can be planted right away and are an excellent option in dry areas.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure you get your bloomers off to a great start.
What will your Central Valley garden be growing this season? Subdued pastels or bright, cheery blooms? Are you ahead of the game with your garden already prepped? Or, are you like me, and can’t bear the thought of putting in your Fall plants until you can do it in a sweater? Since we are still in the 90’s, I will opt for flowers before comfort.