Autumn Garden Clean-Up and Preparation

I’m almost finished with my seasonal ritual of cleaning up my garden, to make way for autumn plants. This includes trimming back my lantana with garden shears, removing withered tomato plants and dwarf snapdragons, and deadheading my still-productive roses. Clean-up requires time, and large green-waste containers, but it’s such a peaceful, de-stressing activity for me that I look forward to it! The clean garden that results and just being outside in the autumn air (and exercise!) make the clean-up very worthwhile.

Last weekend, I’d planted seeds in my containers, once occupied by tomato plants. If all goes well, I will have many splendid meals with spinach, bok choy, and green onion.

I’ll also be planting cabbages, from seed, this season but will try out block out gophers (see my previous posts on gophers), who also enjoy cabbages and will climb containers to get to them. I may have to resort to surrounding my cabbage containers with chicken wire in order to enjoy my crop. Hopefully, this season, I will not be denied my cabbages!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: Lantana is highly poisonous if it is ingested. I’ve gotten a rash after pruning it. Please take care with this plant. Also, the non-fruit parts of tomato plants are poisonous if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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2 Responses

  1. I have to start doing something soon to get ready to plant a few things! It is still so hot here, I am dragging my feet!!! I think I will definately grow cilantro this season!

  2. Hi, Julie,
    We’re having a warm spell here, too! I hope you have a bountiful crop of cilantro!

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