Garden Calendar for October 2019

Cooler weather is upon us and that means a few chores around the landscape and in the garden. Some work now means a more carefree holiday season ahead.

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Weed or wildflower? Keep checking and take photos as they develop – then you’ll know for next year.

We had spotty rain across southern Arizona in late September, and this was resulted in many wildflowers (and weeds) starting to grow. Watch the little seedlings develop and learn to recognize which is weed and which is wildflower. It took me years to learn. Lucky for new Southwestern gardeners we have camera phones which are a great help!

Anytime during the month – Plant

Early October is ideal for planting trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs, groundcovers, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables,,,, in short, everything! Go forth and plant! With a little work now, your yard will bloom all winter long.

Snapdragons and calendula love our winter weather ahead.

Time for seasonal color = flowers!  Plant the colorful plants as seeds, seedlings, or bulbs. Flowers like pansy, nasturtium, and snapdragon like our cooler months.

Plant cool-season vegetables – the cool-season things are all the green leafy things and the root crops, like carrots and radish.  More about this on my sister site SWGardening.

Fine time to plant cool season or “winter” herbs — those in the carrot family! Carrot family herbs include cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, cumin, caraway. On the 4th of each month I post “You Can Grow That” on my Gardening With Soule blog and this month I will discuss more about this topic.

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Many plants and seeds in the carrot family are used for flavoring.

Sow wildflower seeds for spring display if you haven’t yet – more about how here.

Anytime during the month – Care

Treat alkaline-induced-iron-chlorotic roses and citrus by acidifying the soil with an nice layer of compost.
Dethatch then overseed Bermudagrass lawns for winter green.
Reduce irrigation frequency once days get cooler and no longer top 90 F.
Catch and remove the winter weeds as they germinate.
Harvest pomegranates. They store well for over three months in a refrigerator.

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About Harvesting Pomegranate

Yes – I have nagged you to not cut fruits of citrus, apples, peaches, etc. off the tree. I have remarked that “Mama” tree will let these fruits fall into your hand with a gentle tug when they are ripe. All of this is true. Note – pomegranate is not on this list! Pomegranate will need to be cut off the tree! Cut one and try it, if it’s sweet and juicy then do harvest the rest before the birds get them.

gardening-with-souleIf you live in Southeastern Arizona, please come to one of my free lectures that I mention on my Facebook page. After each event I will be signing copies of my books, including “Southwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening,” written for Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico (Cool Springs Press). Note: this link is to Amazon and if you buy the book there I will get a few pennies.
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