We’ve had our summer gardening fun growing eggplant, cantaloupes, cucumbers, peppers and sweet potatoes, but after five long months of triple digit desert heat, this is the month we’ve been waiting for.
When daytime temperatures first dip into the 80’s and the smell of over-seeded lawns and fresh potting mix fills the air, we know we’re in for months of gardening options.
And at TableGarden we’ll be gardening without bending, stooping or kneeling!
Here’s what the master gardeners in Phoenix say about October gardening:
The weather is cooling down, it’s now that you want to plant citrus, but also your winter bloom and vegetable.
– A great month to do your planting, the nurseries are loaded with container grown plants.
– It is also the right time to divide perennials
– Time to sow wild flowers.
– Plant impatiens in shady, frost protected area of the garden.
In the flower garden, sow:
African Daisies, Alyssum, Aster, Bachelor Button, Bells of Ireland, Calendula, California Poppy, Candytuft, Carnation, Clarkia, Delphinium, Forget-Me-Not, Gaillardia, Godetia, Gypsophila, Hollyhocks, Larkspur, Lupines, Nasturnium, Nicotiana, Pansy, Petunia, Phlox, Pinks, Poppy, Salpiglossis, Scabiosa, Shasta Daisy, Snapdragon, Sweet Peas, Sweet Sultan, Sweet William, Verbena, Viola
You can plant bulbs that have low chilling requirements (they don’t need a cold period before starting to grow):
Amaryllis, Anemone, Calla, Daffodil, Iris, Muscari, Oxalis, Ranunculus, Sparaxis (harlequin flower), Watsonia
Put bulbs that need chilling in your fridge for 6 to 8 weeks: Crocus, Hyacinth, Tulip
In the vegetable garden plant artichokes, beets, broccoli, cabbage,
Happy October gardening!