October

Plant garlic.  You’ll find local, organic garlic available for planting at all Victoria area stores.

Clean up annual and veggie beds.  But leave a few seed heads to feed the birds over the winter.  Don’t put diseased plants in your garden compost box!

Keep beds weeded and apply a layer of leaf mulch. Seed a green manure crop to empty beds, adding nitrogen, preventing weed seeds from germinating and controlling erosion – till under in the spring.

Plant spring-blooming bulbs from now until late November. Dig and store tender bulbs.

Plant broad beans, spinach, mustard greens and radishes.

Divide crowded perennials like peonies, Siberian irises, astilbes and other spring-flowering plants. When a perennial blooms less than in previous years, it’s time to dig, divide and replant.

Strip the leaves and clear away debris from the base of rosebushes and dispose of in the garbage. Do not compost these leaves. Fallen leaves can hold diseases that might overwinter.

Plant fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs and evergreens. Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots established before winter.

Clean your garden tools before you put them away.  Steel wool, WD-40 and a little elbow grease will do a great job!

Propagate tender perennials by taking stem cuttings of geraniums and coleus before they are nipped by frost. Root them in small pots of moist potting soil. Cover the pot with a plastic bag to maintain humidity while the cuttings take root.

Once the fall rains start, check the soil for moisture.  Just because it has rained doesn’t mean the soil has retained enough moisture to keep plants healthy, especially trees.  Make sure newly planted trees & shrubs get sufficient water.