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Southern California Regional Reports

Southern California: October Garden To-Do List

Photo: Rachel Young

Decorate your garden with pumpkins and squash. This is a great way to brighten things up without using extra water. Got squirrels? A vinegar spritz or bath will keep your pumpkins from getting munched.

Mulch in order to prepare for the rainy season.

Plant wildflower seeds before the first rains. California wildflowers do best if you rake back mulch and plant them in full sun.

California goldfields and California poppies
Native wildflowers: California goldfields (Lasthenia californica, Zones 6–11) and California poppies (Eschescholtzia californica, Zones 6–10). Photo: Rachel Young

Rachel Young is the former Director of Horticulture and Garden Operations at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, California.

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    ArmandLewis 10/04/2019

    Great knowledge!

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