With the arrival of October, temperatures begin to drop. As we explained in our last article, the autumn months are ideal for transplanting some plants, renewing the vegetable garden and preparing the lawn for the arrival of winter. Today we give you other tips and details on how to do the various jobs, are you ready?
Planting autumn bulbs
The bulbous plants that bloom in spring are usually planted in recent months. However, it is necessary to check the temperature of the area where you are.
All varieties require cold nights and mild days. In areas where it is still hot, it will be good to wait for the temperatures to drop. If, on the other hand, the night is already time to cover, it is the ideal time to plant them.
The ideal is that the bulbs are planted before the arrival of the first colds. In this way, they will spend the winter in a vegetative state and the spring temperatures will make them sprout.
If we carry out the sowing when the temperatures are still high, the bulbs will think they are in the spring and will begin to develop, so the arrival of the cold could cause them irreversible damage.
Lawn calendar in October
It is a good time to renew the lawn and regenerate those ruined areas, take advantage of it if the temperatures are good or, if it is already cool during the day, wait for spring.
You will have noticed that its growth has started to slow down and the cuts will be more distant from each other. It is also advisable to let the lawn grow, so it will have greater resistance to the cold.
In parallel, he begins to use a potassium-rich fertilizer to strengthen and prepare it for winter and pay attention to the appearance of moss. It usually occurs in less sunny areas or which tend to accumulate water. If it has happened to you on other occasions, apply an anti-moss product and try to improve the drainage of that area.
A kind of felt usually forms in the lawn, consisting of the remains of dry leaves and roots, a soil that has become compacted and becomes waterproof. It is important to remove it with a scarifier and air to avoid puddles. The scarifier eliminates this compact layer, while to aerate the lawn we will make holes in the earth that will favor drainage.
Once these phases are completed, the lawn will be ready for the fertilizer we have told you about. Otherwise, the felt will prevent the earth (and therefore the roots) from absorbing the nutrients.
Water the garden in October
The rains are coming, and we will, therefore, have to reprogram the automatic irrigation systems. It is the perfect time to buy a tank for collecting rainwater. It will allow us to save on the bill, and we will have the ideal water to water all our plants.
The vegetable garden in October
Most of the summer vegetables have finalized their production cycle. If you have not yet removed them, remember to do it early, to allow time for the autumn ones to develop before the cold arrives.
It’s time to transplant onions, escarole, lettuces, leeks, cabbage of all kinds and strawberries.
You can sow garlic, arugula, spinach, radishes, leeks, thistles, lettuce, borage as well as beans and peas in areas with mild winters. If the temperatures in your area drop a lot, wait for spring to sow them.
Garlic is a vegetable that grows very slowly, and we collect when fully developed and transformed into a head of garlic.
It grows quickly and in a couple of months we will be able to have tender garlic, so you can sow them in any pot or planter.
They must be filled with a good substrate, then we plant the garlic cloves, with the tip facing upwards. The roots will appear from the base, that is, the hardest part, which we usually discard in the kitchen.
They must be buried well, pushing until they are completely covered with earth. Water them and in a couple of weeks at most, they will start to sprout. If you have children, you can sow them with them. Try to plant a clove upside down, and watch what happens. It will delay in budding because the tip will be forced to turn outside. Offer them the experiment and provoke their curiosity: «What do you think will happen? Will he find his way? » By experimenting, perhaps you will find a future helper for your vegetable garden and garden.