October Gardening Tips
In San Antonio, October usually means lots of rain and the beginning of cooler weather, though we still have some hot spells ahead of us! As things cool down and gardening becomes a tolerable activity, here are some ideas on how to nurture your yard.
Cool season flowers and vegetables should be blooming or ready for harvest now, and hopefully you can start to enjoy some fresh-from-the-garden produce!
While it's still a little warm, you can plant the following vegetables:
Beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, spinach, garlic, and turnips. Onions and garlic will be especially productive in the spring when planted this time of year.
When the weather is "officially" cool, you can plant the following flowers: snapdragons, sweet peas, and pansies.
You can find a great planting calendar for San Antonio at The Farmer's Almanac online.
This is a good time for you to prepare your garden for the first freeze. Have fabric or old sheets ready to cover plants when the time comes.
Natural Gardener Austin also suggests, "Be on the lookout for Brown Patch in the (usually St. Augustine) lawn. Treat brown patch by increasing the beneficial soil life. Topdress with good quality manure compost and/or spray lawn with aerobically brewed compost tea. Add corn meal at 20 pounds per 1000 square feet. Apply Actinovate at one pound per 1000 square feet of problem area. Also address other causal factors by filling in low spots, mowing at the proper height, and watering and feeding properly."