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Oct 6

Bulbs. Plant Spring flowering bulbs now! Pick some up at Evergreen Nursery while our selection is still great!

Pots. Plant up pots for a frightful Halloween combination or a colorful winter display. Make sure to use GreenAll Organic Potting Soil or E.B. Stone Organics Edna’s Best Potting Soil. We carry a full range of pots, from standard terracotta to large and lovely porcelain containers. Come into the Nursery for help and suggestions.

Prepare beds. Before Fall planting, amend soil with compost and soil conditioner, such as GreenAll Soil Booster.

Plant. Plant trees for Fall color. Stop into Evergreen Nursery now to get the foliage color you want. See our article, above, about Fall planting. Before buying plants, learn their ultimate height and spread. Allow room for them to grow. Plant seeds for Sweet Peas now or, come spring, you’ll be sorry!

Annuals. Plant your cool season annuals: Try pansy, calendula, nemisia, ornamental cabbage and kale, primrose, snapdragon, stock and viola.

clean up debrisClean up debris. To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals, and vegetables. Also clean up all fruit and fallen leaves. Compost only plant debris that’s free of disease, insect pests, and weeds. Keep up with raking leaves before the rains come.

Clean your Summer vegetable beds and remove all spent Summer vegetables. Add these to your compost pile.

Divide perennials. If perennials like agapanthus, candytuft, coreopsis, daylilies, society garlic and penstemon are overgrown or not flowering well, it’s time to dig and divide them. Use a spading fork or shovel to lift clumps, then cut the clumps into sections. Replant sections in well-amended soil and keep moist while new roots develop.

Veggies. As you pull out early-summer crops, replace them with beets, broccoli, carrots, chard, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, radishes, spinach and turnips. Most will be ready to harvest in Autumn. Starts and seeds of these vegetables and more are at Evergreen now.

UC Davis Cover Crop Garden

UC Davis Cover Crop Garden

Cover Crops. Many Summer vegetable crops are heavy feeders, meaning they use up a lot of nutrients in the soil. If you aren’t planting cool weather veggies this year, it’s a good idea to plant a cover crop where you’ve pulled out your summer vegetable plants. Cover crops, such as fava beans and purple vetch and crimson clover, will replace the nitrogen and improve overall soil fertility, improve soil structure (loosening compact soil), and prevent erosion. You can find seeds for cover crops here at Evergreen Nursery.

Fertilize. Your last feeding of the season should be happening now. Use fertilizers Oct 3that are low in Nitrogen and high in Phosphorus and Potassium, such as E.B. Stone Organics UltraBloom 0-10-10.

Lawn Care. Rake out thatch buildup to improve water penetration and to eliminate insect habitat. Feed fescue and other cool-season turf grasses with a complete lawn fertilizer, such as Green Fall & Winter Feed.

Control Weeds. This is the gardener’s never-ending battle. Stop weeds like oxalis and broadleaf types in your lawn with Bonide® Weed Beater Ultra. Throughout your beds, spot treat with Bonide® KleenUp.

Be sure to check out our website for more great tips and gardening advice! www.TheEvergreenNursery.com