Things to notice:

Enjoy traditional fall favorites in the garden like mums, zinnias and dahlias.

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Monarch butterflies are migrating south this month. Planting alyssum, lantana, and milkweed in your garden will help them refuel with nectar.

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Roses are back in bloom, filling the autumn air with wonderful fragrance! If you let the blossoms ripen, they’ll form rose hips, which are full of vitamin C and
can be used in making tea.

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Resist the urge to deadhead bushes and flowers right now—allow plants to set seeds and fruit for wildlife.

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Chile Peppers, Assorted varieties

 

“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” — Robert Brault

Things to do:

When high temperatures stay below 100° reduce your watering to harden off plants for winter. This limits tender new growth and helps reduce frost damage when colder temperatures arrive.

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Pick pistachios and begin to harvest chiles, pumpkins and winter squash.

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You can still plant a late crop of leaf lettuces, spinach and radishes.

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October is a perfect time to plant garlic. In lower desert elevations, plant individual cloves 1-2” deep. At high elevations with more severe winters, plant 3-4” deep.

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