Fall Gardening: Tips and Plants for the Season from Cedros Gardens
Is your garden looking a bit worn out by the sun? Hot weather during the summer can take a toll on anyone’s garden. Thankfully, Cedros Gardens is a beautiful local nursery, and they have shared some tips to help you get the most out of your gardening for the upcoming season. We asked the owner, Mia, about her recommendations for fall gardening, and she was kind enough to offer some quick insight for this season’s best gardening practices.
Keep Your Garden Lush & Colorful
You can continue to plant tropical and semi-tropical plants during the fall. With the warm southern California climate, these easy-growing plants are a great option to feel like a gardening expert. Plants such as Citrus Trees, Bougainvillea, Bird of Paradise and Passion Fruits grow very quickly, so you can enjoy the fruits of your minimal labor.
Plant early blooming Sweetpea seeds near the end of September, and they will bloom right around Christmas time. These colorful flowers will brighten up your garden as you entertain visitors during the holiday season.
Grow Your Own Vegetables
For those who enjoy growing your own vegetables, the first month of fall is a great opportunity to plant from the Brasicca family. This includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale from seeds. This time of year is also an excellent time to plant onions and sugar snap peas. Growing your own vegetables can save you both time and money, plus the added satisfaction of cultivating your own delicious food.
Healthy Plants Are Happy Plants
Fall is a perfect opportunity to plant some drought tolerant plants, and get rid of those thirsty plants! Consider planting California native plants, like Flannelbush or the signature California Poppy. Plants native to Australia, South Africa, and the Mediterranean also do well when planted in the early fall. Additionally, if you remove the lawn from your home, you might be eligible for some rebates through San Diego County’s incentive program, designed to combat the drought.
Mia also points out that for all of your gardening, amending the soil is a must. Healthy soil will stay moist with less water (believe it or not!), helping your plants to thrive with less water. You can add finished compost, raw organic matter, and organic nutrients to your soil to help it retain the water and nutrients.
If you need some expert advice or some new additions for your garden, come by Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach. Stop by on a Sunday to catch the Solana Beach Farmer’s Market as well! Cedros Gardens is located at 330 S Cedros Ave Solana Beach, CA 92075 (Corner of Cedros & Rosa), open Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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