Is Finally Here!
marks the start of Florida's dry season.
The big storms become fewer and the
rains begin to lessen. Autumn is finally
here and the cooler, dryer weather
is just weeks away. The first weeks
of the month may tend to be as wet
as September, but by the end of the
month and the start of November we
can expect our six-month dry season
is the month to begin growing
strawberries in Florida!
throughout Florida have already been
plowing and planting their seeds in
in anticipation of the upcoming vegetable
growing season. Very soon the
vegetables we buy in the market will
be marked "Florida Grown"
rather than "Produce of ...".
all of you strawberry lovers, October
is the month for planting the juicy,
sweet, red little fruit. A good
rule of thumb is that one-hundred
plants will provide between a pint
and a quart of fruit a day for several
months during the season. Be
careful to keep the soil moist by
watering every two to three days and
be sure to mulch and then fertilize
the strawberry plants with 1 pound
of 6-6-6 fertilizer for each 100 square
feet of bed, plus an additional band
of fertilizer 6" deep along the
center of the beds every eight weeks.
Watch out for caterpillars, slugs,
thrips, mites, and snails looking
to munch on your plants and treat
them with an insecticidal soap or
even beneficial nematodes
is the month to prepare your
is also the time of the year to prepare
your beds for planting roses. Prepare
your soil by digging in dry cow manure
and peat moss then plant out your
roses. You will be much better
off in the long run if you select
potted plants locally rather than
buying bagged or bare rooted roses
from out of state.
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that growing roses in Florida can
sometimes be difficult. While
we do not have to deal with Japanese
beetles, roses are subject to numerous
problems in this state. The plants
should be sprayed at least weekly
with an fungicide mixture
to forestall these problems. Roses
in Florida also put on their best
show during the cooler and dryer months.
The flowers will be much larger now
than during the hotter and wetter
is the last month to feed
and water Bougainvilleas if
you want summer blooms!
those of you who have had problems
with your Bougainvilleas blooming
during the summer, October is the
time to absolutely stop feeding and
watering them until May. If
you feel that you absolutely must
give them one last shot of fertilizer,
wait until the end of the month and
give them one that is high in potash
and very low in nitrogen. If
your plant becomes plagued by leaf
roller caterpillars, spray them thoroughly
with liquid Bacillus thuringiensis
(or Bt) late in the day
as these critters are night feeders.
bets for starting a traditional garden
this month are:
: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage,
Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots,
Collards, Cucumbers, Escarole, Kale,
Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard,
Okra, Onion Sets, Parsnips, Peppers,
Pumpkins, Rhubarb, Romaine, Rutabagas,
Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet
Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips.
Anise, Basil, Borage, Chives,
Chervil, Coriander, Fennel, Garlic,
Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley,
Rosemary, Sage, Sesame, Sweet Marjoram,
Thyme and most other herbs.
Asters, Baby's Breath, Bachelor's
Buttons, Balsam, Calendulas, Candytufts,
Carnations, Cosmos, Cockscombs, Daisies,
Dianthus, Forget-Me-Nots, Gaillardias,
Globe Amaranth, Hollyhocks, Lace Flowers,
Lobelias, Lupines, Marigolds, Nasturtiums,
Pansies, Salvias, Scabiosa, Snapdragons,
Statice, Stock, Strawflowers, Sweetpeas,
Sweet William, Verbenas,
Zinnias and other cool season flowers.
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