Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2001
Regional Report

Plant Cool Season Vegetables

This is your best opportunity to plant broccoli, cabbage and kale, carrots, cilantro, lettuce, onions, spinach and other cool season crops, while the soil is still warm. Roots get off to a grand start if planted now. If you wait much longer, your new seedlings will just sit there. Make sure to offer protection from ravenous snails and slugs.

Shop for Spring Blooming Bulbs

The selection of spring blooming bulbs at nurseries and garden centers is fabulous right now. While the getting is good, grab new varieties that strike your fancy. Once home, place bulbs in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator for 4 - 6 weeks prior to planting. Wait until the soil temperature 6 inches below the surface gets down below 60 degrees F before planting.

Finish Up Pruning Chores

No more pruning, for a while at least. Pruning encourages new growth which will be nipped by frost later in the winter. Allow tender shrubs and trees to take a break from shaping until the go dormant for the winter. You can still remove dead, diseased or injured wood from plants.

Prevent Fungus on Lawns

If you haven\'t already done so, cut back the time on your irrigation clock. Shorter, cooler days mean that lawns aren\'t using as much water. Too much water will encourage fungus problems. Depending on soil and lawn type, a weekly watering for 10 to 20 minutes should be adequate.

Groom Camellias

Camellia sasanqua should be blooming now. Keep the fallen petals raked up and the soil under the plants clean to prevent blossom blight, a fungus disease common to these hardy shrubs.


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