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Top 6 Gardening Must-Do’s for October 2022

Fall is our absolute best time for planting veggies, trees, and just about everything else, here are our top 6 gardening must do’s for October

Fall is OUR ABSOLUTE BEST TIME for planting veggies, trees, and just about everything else! It just feels good! Here are our top gardening must-do’s this month. PLUS – to kick off October, James Gill is giving a Garden Talk this Saturday, October 1 at Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co. 

1. Don’t Miss James Gill’s Garden Talk!

Join us this Saturday, 10/1/22 at 10am for James’ fall gardening Q&A. James is mostly retired these days, which means he has more time to surf and share gardening wisdom with all of us! Bring your plant questions, or just come listen and learn. One attendee will win a $100 Gill’s gift card 🙂

2. Plant Food

Some of the best… Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Cilantro, Nasturtiums, and the list goes on. Remember – veggies are heavy feeders. We recommend feeding with organic Plant Tone on the 1st of each month, and again with liquid Hasta Gro on the 15th. 

Watch: Coastal Bend Veggie Gardening Guide

3. Plant Fall Flowers!

Take advantage of the weather while the days are still long. It’s the perfect time to start cool weather Impatiens, Marigolds, Snapdragons, Violas, Petunias, Calendula, Begonias – the flowers and colors that say, “FALL!”. Warm days help flowers develop roots so they can look their best during the cooler months ahead.

4. Feed Your Lawn

Fertilizing lawns this month helps develop strong roots for healthy growth next Spring and Summer.  We recommend organic Medina Growin’ Green. Easy to use and works great in all areas of your landscape, not just lawns. 

Read: Fall Lawn Care

5. Plant for Hummingbirds and Migratory Birds

Right now is a great time to plant all kinds of blooming plants that hummingbirds and other migratory birds need. Some of our favs for South Texas are native Flame Acanthus (aka hummingbird bush), Salvias (like native Salvia greggii and Salvia leucantha), Cape Honeysuckle, native Turk’s Cap, native Beautyberry, native Loquat, Firecracker plant, Coral bean – the list goes on! 

6. Plant Trees for the Best Head Start

We’ll say it again… it’s all about growing roots. Trees planted in Fall grow more next Spring & Summer. Live Oak, Burr Oak, Magnolia, Anacua, Cedar Elms, & Wild Olive are some of our South Texas fav’s.

Read: The Advantages of Fall Planting