Archive for September, 2012

September In Central Coastal California

It’s a good time to add cool season color to coastal gardens. Because of our warm Indain Summer conditions you can set our winter – spring blooming annuals: Iceland poppies, Linaria, sanpdragons, and cool-weather crops such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower… For December flowers, plant sweetpea seeds now.
Purchase spring flowering bulbs now, add them to your perennial gardens for dramatic texture and color with minimal effort. Chill crocus, hyacinth and tulips for 6 to 8 weeks.
Summer Pruning: Most established backyard deciduous fruit trees need pruning twice a year, with a different purpose at each session. Summer pruning can be done while there is still fruit on the tree, but is most often performed immediately following the harvest. The primary purpose of summer pruning is to manage tree size. Winter pruning will improve the quality and quanitity of the harvest and to create food tree structure.
Feed trees, shtubs, and ground covers, once more before the weather turns colol. Don’t feed California natives or drought tolerant plants.