Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2008
Regional Report

Repotting Herbs for Wintering Indoors

After dividing and repotting established herbs for overwintering indoors, leave the newly potted sections in a lightly shaded place for three weeks, and then move them indoors to a cool spot with bright light. This will allow them time to acclimate to higher indoor temperatures and drier humidity before it's too cold outdoors to make the change without shock.

Use Onion Seed Instead of Sets

Sowing bulb onion seed now will result in larger bulbs that will bolt less in early spring than storebought sets, which are often stored improperly (mostly too warm for too long) while on display.

Plant Different Types of Broccoli

Just about any broccoli variety will do well in our area. Try sprouting types for lots of small heads that ultimately produce more than the single-headed ones that are followed by some secondary heads. For brilliant chartreuse, pointed heads that taste milder than regular broccoli, try 'Romanesco', a cross between broccoli and cauliflower.

Switch to Fall Lawn Care

Fertilize cool-season lawns and lower the blade height on your mower to encourage short, bushy growth.

Remove Water Basins Around Trees

Knock down water basins around trees and shrubs, and turn the top inch of soil to loosen it so water can penetrate more easily and not puddle.

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