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This is a busy month for gardeners. Temperatures are excellent for planting, and nurseries have plenty of transplants and seeds to choose from.
Annuals: Plant daisy, calendula, clarkia, cornflower, dianthus, gaillardia, Iceland poppy, larkspur, lobelia, pansy, petunia, marigold, snapdragon, statice, stock, calendula, sweet alyssum, sweet pea, clarkia, and Bells-of-Ireland. Sow wildflower seeds ¼ in. deep. Sow milkweed seeds for Monarchs.
Bulbs: Plant amaryllis, gladiolus, crinum, sparaxis, anemone, calla, daffodil, narcissus, oxalis, ranunculus, bearded iris, and watsonia. Chill tulip, hyacinth, and crocus bulbs in a paper bag in your refrigerator for 6 weeks before planting. When planting bulbs, group them together for a natural look in your garden, no straight rows!
Herbs: Plant your favorites, seeds or transplants.
Hummingbird plants: Plant aloe, chuparosa, fairy duster, lantana, flame honeysuckle, hummingbird trumpet, orange or yellow bells, Mexican fire bush, salvia, penstemon, and red yucca. Plant trees: cascolote, palo verde, desert willow.
Lawns: Overseed with perennial rye grass; fertilize monthly with ammonium nitrate (34-0-0) or ammonium sulfate (21-0-0 + 24% sulfur) for alkaline soil. Water every few days until seeds sprout.
Perennials: This is the best month to add new perennials to your yard and garden. Candy tuft, geranium, Mexican bird of paradise, Mexican honeysuckle, coreopsis, Gooding’s verbena, vinca, Shasta daisy, ruellia, daylily, hollyhock, lantana, gaillardia and plumbago are a few to plant. Divide older perennials.
Roses: Feed with systemic fertilizer to enjoy another blooming period. Cut off spent blooms.
Strawberries: Set out transplants, using well-draining soil. They are salt sensitive and must have deep watering to leach salts away from roots. Mulch with newspapers to keep stems and fruit off the ground.
Trees and Shrubs: Plant trees and shrubs now to develop strong root systems before summer returns. Fertilize the outer 2/3 of citrus canopies with ammonium sulfate and water in. Plant pecan trees and fruit trees zoned for this area.
Vegetables: Set out transplants or sow seeds for beets, cabbage, chard, carrots, collard greens, endive, garlic, kale, lettuces, onions, peas, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, beans and turnips. Plant artichokes.
Xeriscapes: Plant desert marigold, penstemon, salvia, Angelita daisy, aloes, fairy duster, red yucca, chuparosa.
Fall has arrived, and we welcome our winter visitors back to the land of sunshine. If you would like to learn about gardening or just enjoy the fellowship of some very nice people, visit one of Yuma’s garden clubs this month. Go to fgcyuma.org and click on a club’s name at the top of the page to view information concerning each club’s activities. Visitors are welcome.
· Yuma Orchid and African Violet Society meets the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at Foothills Library.
· MGM Garden Society will hold their business meeting Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension Office, 2200 W. 28th St. Each Tuesday morning, 9 a.m., the club meets at the Moody Demonstration Garden, 2200 W. 28th St., to maintain the garden’s plants. Visitors are invited to help in the garden any Tuesday morning.
· Pecan Grove Garden Club will hold their meeting Oct. 15, 6 p.m., at the Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, Room A. The program will be “Watering Needs of the Garden” presented by Cal Kelley, Yuma Garden Club president and master gardener.
Poetry Contest sponsored by the club, open to grades K-9, deadline is Oct. 25. Theme for poems is “Protecting and Conserving Our Natural Resources.”
· Yuma Garden Club will hold their meeting Oct. 14, 1 p.m., at the Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, Rooms B, C. The program will be “Composting” presented by Marianne Newton, MGM Garden Club member and master gardener.
Karen Bowen is a master gardener and member of MGM Garden Club. This column is sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma.