For Fresh Color
It’s almost time to plant spring flowering bulbs!
- A wide selection of daffodils, tulips, and crocus will reward you with early spring color.
- Be sure to use G&B Soil Building Conditioner and bone meal or bulb food at planting time.
- Bulbs also make great additions to your fall/winter container plantings with winter pansies or violas planted over the top.
- Bulbs should be arriving at our garden centers the first or second week of September and can be planted as late as Thanksgiving, but October is the best month for planting.
For the Lawn & Landscape
Start a new lawn or over-seed patchy ones now through mid-October. It’s also prime time to aerate and repair existing lawns. Seed a new lawn with 7–10 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet; use half this amount if over-seeding.
- G&B Organic Lawn Fertilizer, lime, Soil Building Conditioner, grass seed (sun, shade or sun/shade blend)
Divide and conquer: Dig up and split large patches of iris, peonies, daylilies, and other spring blooming perennials.
- Use a sharp spade or cultivation fork to dig.
- Use a pruning saw or Hori Hori knife to divide the clump.
- Replant with Malibu Compost and G&B Starter Fertilizer.
As weather cools and regular rains return, plant or transplant trees, shrubs and perennials for a jump-start on spring.
- Use G&B Starter Fertilizer when planting/transplanting.
- Water in with Root Master B-1 or Malibu Bu’s Brew Compost Tea to help quickly establish a healthy root system and boost microbe levels in the soil.
For the Edible Garden
It’s harvest time!
- Pick winter squash when the spot touching the ground changes from white to a cream or gold color.
- Dig potatoes, onions, and garlic when the tops die down; store in a cool, dark location.
- Apply mulch to carrots, parsnips, and beets for winter harvesting; use G&B Soil Building Conditioner.
Continue to plant cover crops in the vegetable garden as space opens up. Cover crops are beneficial because they:
- Compete with weeds
- Improve the soil while they are growing
- Add nutrition when they are turned under in early spring
Edibles to plant this month: garlic (bulbs), radishes, spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, mustard greens
In the Garden Shed
Pro-active pest control can greatly improve your garden’s productivity:
- Control slugs now to reduce your garden’s breeding population. Use bait traps or non-toxic Sluggo, Sluggo Plus, or Bonide Slug Magic.
- Apply beneficial nematodes to rhododendrons and azaleas suffering from root weevil damage; if unsure, bring a leaf sample to the garden center for diagnosis.
For the Indoors
- Clean the foliage, check for insects, spray, repot, and fertilize, if necessary.
- Bring houseplants indoors if they have been outside.
- This is the last “active” growing month for indoor plants before they begin to go dormant for winter and the last chance for repotting, etc. for the year.
If you have kept an amaryllis from last year:
- Stop watering it now and allow it to go dormant for 4–6 weeks in a basement, shed, or garage.
- Then, repot it and bring it back into a warm, bright room to re-bloom this winter.
Just for Fun
Take cuttings from maturing outdoor herbs to grow indoors during winter (also works with Coleus).
- Try cutting several 2 to 4-inch long stems from rosemary, basil, thyme, and sage—place in water for a few weeks indoors while new roots grow.
- Once small root mass has formed, gently transplant into container with G&B Potting Soil.
- Supplement with artificial grow lights if plants begin to yellow or do poorly.