Central Florida Gardening - September Chores
Two more days until autumn starts officially and even though there is not much evidence of autumn to be seen in Central Florida, there is some pruning and seeding to be done:
To encourage flower production for the next season, prune your bougainvilleas to remove excess growth and don't feed them again until late spring.
If you are raising poinsettias (the can be grown outdoors in Central Florida), now is the time for a last pruning as the flower buds begin to form in mid-October. Pruning encourages branching so you don't end up with spindly plant. Feed your poinsettia with a good dose of general purpose fertilizer and a dose of potash towards the end of October.
Vegetables to start in September:
beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, cukes, eggplants, lettuce, onion sets, peas, peppers, spinach and swiss chard.
Herbs to start in September:
anise, basil, vorage, chevril, majoram, parsley, sesame and thyme
Flowers: Asters, baby's breath, Calendulas, Carnations, Lupines, Marigolds, Verbenas
If you are puzzled by the idea to start veggies, herbs and flowers as the main growing season is nearing its end, Central Florida's climate provides for all year round growing of veggies, fruit, flowers and herbs.
I started my pole beans yesterday, carrots and beets are next.