North Coast Gardening | Plenty of fall landscape shrubs available – Times-Standard
Fallen leaves, crisp apples and a dusty country road that leads us to the pumpkin patch of a farm herald in autumn here on the north coast.
Take a trip to your local nursery and you’ll find plenty of excitement there, fresh fall landscape shrubs, brightly colored sage, and plump daffodil bulbs. There’s a lot to do in the garden these days. Consider the following:
Catch crop sowing: Fall is an ideal time to improve the fertility of your soil. The easiest and most economical way to do this is to sow cover crop seeds and harvest them throughout winter through early spring. Clover, rye, vetch, field pea and bell beans are great for protecting bare ground from heavy rainfall. Legume species add nitrogen to the soil as well as adequate amounts of organic matter.
Plant More: This is a good month to plant spring bloomers and start vegetables in the cooler season. Sow seeds of carrots, beets, and Asian vegetables. If you like fava beans, now is the time to plant for the late spring harvest.
Water: Keep pouring until it really rains. That means continuing to water berries, roses, and newly planted landscaping ornamental plants. It also means you may need to water more established trees and shrubs deeply if they show signs of stress.
Wait: Do not apply new mulch until the dripping rain has started.
Weeds: Recent light rain events have encouraged the germination of dormant weed seeds. Rake, chop, or spray with a strong solution of soap and vinegar.
Add color: Check out the exciting fall color in your local nursery. There you will find blooming sage, cyclamen, primroses, violas, pansies and more in the fall.
Terry Kramer is the site manager of the Humboldt Botanical Garden and a trained gardener and journalist. She has been writing a garden column for the Times Standard since 1982. Contact them at [email protected]