Did that headline make you feel guilty? I know it’s been/is hot, and humid in many areas and for some, monsoons have brought major rains. Who wants to go outside to do more than the absolutely necessary tasks?
Set out to accomplish these few manageable jobs and you will prepare your container garden to become a beautiful fall showcase as the nights begin to cool off. Trust me – I’ve been there.
Pre-Fall Tasks to Complete in the Next Couple Weeks
Water pots deeply if not getting ample rainfall.
Use a water soluble fertilizer every two weeks.
Pull all dead plants.
Towards the end of the month, cut back overgrown plants to new growth.
Check your geraniums to see if there is new growth. If so, cut back any dead wood to that point. Don’t overwater them but give a loud cheer!
Plan on planting some late season annuals when there is consistent afternoon cloud cover or nights get into the 70’s AND when the nurseries have suitable flowers.
Look for flowers from my shoulder season flower list in my book. “Getting Potted in the Desert"
If you don’t have a copy, order one today and have it before it is time to plan your fall and winter desert container garden.
Print and Kindle Editions available on Amazon.
I will be continuing to present my container garden classes at the Tucson Botanical Gardens – via WEBCAST.
Sign up just like you do for any classes and go to the Gardens. I will be live via the big screen!
Upcoming Schedule: Click on the link to go to the description page (be patient – loading can be a little slow.)
All classes are 1:00-2:30 pm AZ time
Thursday, Oct 20: A Flourishing Potted Garden – the 101 of Container Gardening in the Desert
Thursday, Oct. 27: Great Winter Potted Gardens
Thursday, Nov. 10: A Flourishing Potted Garden – the 101 of Container Gardening in the Desert
Thursday, Dec. 1: Container Gardens for the Holidays
by Marylee, The Desert’s Potted Garden Expert!