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gardening tips

Each month we remind you what to do, what to plant, and how to enjoy your central east coast Florida garden…

what to do in your garden in October

It’s time for fall feeding—lawns, shrubs, flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables all need a good fertilizer application in October. Consider a natural, slow-release fertilizer such as Espoma.

Now is a good time to divide your perennials and bulbs.

To keep weeds in check, apply a pre-emergent herbicide.

Citrus season is on its way—plant citrus this month to start your own grove!

Make sure your holiday plants, including poinsettias and Christmas cactus, aren’t getting artificial light. These plants need long nights in order to produce blooms.

Nothing says “autumn” better than chrysanthemums. Set them in containers or out in the garden to provide a great pop of fall color.

Annuals and perennials to plant now include ageratum, allysum (towards the end of the month), begonias, blue daze, coleus, cuphea, dusty miller, geraniums, guara, lobelia, pentas, and zinnias.

Vegetables and herbs to plant now include basil, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, dill, fennel, lettuce, onions, oregano, parsley, peas, peppers, radishes, rosemary, sage, squash, and tomatoes. Fresh herbs and veggies can add great taste to your holiday meals!

October spotlight

Add fall color to your hanging baskets and container gardens. Coleus (above), crotons, rudbeckia, ornamental grasses, and sweet potato all make good seasonal accents.