Thursday, October 4, 2018

Autumn Seeds

Hi all. In SoCal we're finally having cooler weather although no rain here yet. And it's October so it's time to plant seeds of winter greens, vegetables and Sweet Peas.

I planted my Sweet Pea Seeds last week (9/28) while it was still Sept because I wanted to get going! Sweet Peas take so long to flower for an annual. I think I've said it before here but in case you missed it: other annuals like tomatoes take maybe 2 months from seed to flower to fruit. Sweet peas take about 6 months from seed to flower. So get going! They like a sunny spot with at least a 6' support to climb.

I planted several kinds of lettuce, spinach and carrots on Monday(10/1). I love not having to buy lettuce in the store from Nov-March or so. I haven't tried carrots in a few years because they tend to fork in my soil. But I was tempted by the seed packet of these multi colored varieties. We'll see how they do. You could also plant broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and beets too.

I think that lower pic is a sweet pea sprout. I hope so. It may be one coming up from last season because they usually take 2 weeks to sprout.

I've also got California Poppies that I got free from the Theodore Payne Foundation that I'm going to sprinkle in my front yard.

Fall weather is the best growing season in SoCal. Happy Gardening!

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