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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 18

Indian summer continues; time to plant now!

Orange viola in pot
Violas are great container plants. Add some fall color to your patio or front walk.
(Photos: Kathy Morrison)



Our Indian (or endless) summer continues with more dry and warm days in the high 80s and low 90s.

According to the National Weather Service, Sacramento will continue with a solid week of above-normal temperatures before cooling slightly – to a high of 81 degrees – on Friday. Nights are warm, too, staying above 56 degrees.

Meanwhile, winds (and fire danger) will die down.

It's time to get things done!

* Now is the best month to plant trees and shrubs in the greater Sacramento area. Need some shade? Plant it now.

* October is also the best month to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to the planting hole, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

Chard sprouts
Chard is just starting to sprout. Harvest it while very young
for microgreens, or just a bit bigger for salads.


* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach, chard and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioli, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

* Clean up the summer vegetable garden and compost disease-free foliage.

* Harvest pumpkins and winter squash.

* Pick apples, pears and pomegranates.

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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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