It's hard to think about spring coming but now is the time to start planning and purchasing bulbs. Gather the pumpkins and create a welcoming display and plant your pansies. All fun and easy things to do this October in your home, garden or yard!
Fall is the time to start planting bulbs such as daffodils, snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells. These spring blooms are some of the best perennials for all gardens. They are drought tolerant and long lived and will multiply in your yard. Plant them in a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun a day while the leaves are green.
They can take a bit of dappled light but won't bloom in shade, so take heed. These bulbs like soil that is loose and well drained. Set bulbs twice as deep as they are tall, and water well after planting. Buy your bulbs at a local nursery or online and of course select a lovely new garden planterfrom us!
Gather the pumpkins. These are so popular in October, and are found at local farmers markets, grocery stores and roadside stands. The new heirloom pumpkins are great is pastel colors and sizes. Select ones that are firm and unblemished.
Keep them cool and dry and they should last for months. A popular look this year is the pumpkin stack using a garden urn or garden planter with feet. Use varied sizes and colors and create a fantastic entry piece. Just stacking pumpkins, colorful garden mums in orange, or red planters is lovely.
Plant your pansies.....Adding fall flowers to your garden containers and flowerbeds now allows roots to get established before cold weather sets in, so don't delay. Place transplants in a sunny spot in rich, well draining soil. When planting in pots, good drainage is very important also. Be sure the pot has drain holes. Try cold tolerant pansies like Plentifall. Other flowers to plant now include dianthus, snapdragons, calendulas, and discias.
Now that October has finally arrived, it's time to get out in the yard and do some garden and planter clean up. Below is a list of suggestions on things you should be doing approximately this time of year to get prepared for the fall and winter months ahead.
If you plan ahead and follow these suggestions, you will have much success in your garden pottery in the months ahead.
For blooms from winter through spring, plant cool season annuals now so they get established and start flowering before the weather turns cold. Otherwise, they may not flower until spring. Buy young plants of calendula, pansies, primrose, and snapdragons now and plant them or sow the seeds.
Select cleaned out garden pottery and make sure the soil is new. Add fertilizer now to the soil to assure a good start in the the Spring. Make sure there are no cobwebs or insects attached to the outside of the pottery. You want to start with as clean a pot as possible.
For blooms in spring, fill a big planter pot with one type of bulb, whether daffodil, hyacinth, or tulip. Fill the pot with potting soil so bulb tops will sit about 4 to 5 inches below the pot rim. Firm the soil, then set the bulbs closely together on top; a 16 inch flared pot will hold 40 to 50 tulips, daffodils, or hyacinths.
Cover the bulbs with soil, leaving about 2 inches at the top for watering space. Set the pot in a cool, shaded area, moisten the soil, and top it with mulch; water again. Move pots into full sun when leaves develop. Flowers will appear about four months after planting.
If you don't have space for multiple fruit trees, try growing a single tree with multiple fruiting branches grafted onto one root stock. For best selection, order bare root trees now for January pickup. Place these planter pots in a shaded area and mulch the top of the soil for added protection thru the cold months ahead.
October is the best month for setting out any kind of plant that's not frost tender. Ground coveres, shrubs, trees, and vines all benefit from fall planting, when temperatures are cooling and rain is on the way.
Now is the time to clean 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 is free of disease, insect pests, and weeds.
Clean the outsides of all pottery to remove any insects or clotted dirt. Clean off the top soil of dead leaves and flowers and re-till the surface soil to keep it from clumping. Dead head any flowers that are spent or pinch off yellow or dying leaves.
Taking a few minutes to clean things up, planning ahead and purchasing a few products now will add assure much success next spring and summer.
Wouldn't it be great to step out onto your patio or balcony and pick a juicy orange, lemon, kiwi, or other fruit and savor its fresh taste?
Growing container fruit outside in the summer, then inside in the winter is a rewarding and exciting pastime. Right now many nurseries are full of bare root plants for purchase and the increase in interest of doing so has never been higher. The greater availability of good-quality miniature varieties is a big factor.
Many people like growing citrus plants for their sweet flowering fragrance and their colorful gems of orange and golden fruit. Citrus Meyer Lemon and Calamondin Orange are favorites. The Meyer Lemon is know for its flavorful fruit, and once you've tasted one, growing back to regular table lemons is almost impossible. The Orange, is prized for its attractiveness, small miniature size and abundant growth. Of course harvesting them for orange marmalade is a must.
In other Arizona Potteryblog entries we have discussed the care of potted fruit trees in detailed terms so here lets just sum up. Citrus plants should not be over watered. Give them plenty of sunshine year round and grow them in terracotta pots so the roots have a chance to dry down.
Planting citrus trees in garden planters is a exciting and popular trend that you should try.