October 2020 Garden Update

October flew by fast this year. The garden started to enjoy cooler temperatures at night, and I started enjoying the time outside a little bit more as well.

October 2020 Gratitude

This month I was thankful for outdoor activities. I enjoy cycling, but I don’t do it as much during the summer months. I picked cycling back up this month. I also purchased these rollerblades. The last time I had been rollerblading was back in my middle school days. It has definitely been some time since I’ve been comfortable rollerblading. I’m still experiencing a learning curve, but it has been fun. And it has also made me more appreciative of my bicycle. 

October 2020 Garden

This month I’ve been able to spend more time focused on what I’m growing because I only have 2 garden beds. I have found it easier to maintain and less overwhelming. Weeding has also been more manageable for me because there is less. I started planting additional flower seeds and I also purchased a few new items for my garden.

What’s Growing?

This month I filled up my 72 cell flower tray with a variety of flowers and herbs that are listed below. In the raised garden beds, I have herbs and vegetables growing. I also have pots with bulbing onions, bunching onions, and two tomato plants.

Here’s what was growing this October in hardiness zone 9b:

Vegetables: Beets, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, bulbing onions, bunching onions, carrots, collard greens, green beans, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, and tomatoes.

Fruit: Blueberry, elderberry, honey tangerine, Key lime, limequat, Meyers lemon, Persian lime, and pineapple.

Flowers: Bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, Mexican heather, morning glories, mums, penstemons, poppies, roses, Shasta daisies, sweet peas, Texas bluebonnets, and zinnias.

Herbs: Basil, chamomile, chives, cilantro, dill, feverfew, holy basil (tulsi), lemon balm, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, spearmint, and thyme.

October 2020 Happenings and Shenanigans

Organic Fertilizers

Last month, when I repotted my two new citrus trees and placed them next to the others I was reminded of how I had been neglecting my citrus trees. The faded leaves were crying out for some nutritional TLC. After doing a little research, I decided to try this organic citrus fertilizer: Down to Earth Organic Citrus Fertilizer Mix. I’ll be sharing my review of it next month. I really liked the natural ingredients used in this fertilizer.

Here is a zoomed-in view of some of my key lime leaves prior to adding the fertilizer. 

I also decided to use a general fertilizer for the rest of my garden. I used the same brand, Down to Earth Organic Vegetable Garden Fertilizer. I used this in my two raised beds of herbs and vegetables and pots that include onions and tomatoes.

Garden Shoes

This month I also purchased garden shoes. After purchasing these I can’t believe I waited so long to have dedicated garden shoes. I’ve used older shoes as well as flip-flops over the years, and they have been damaged not to mention they haven’t been the best for my feet. These shoes have a hard plastic outer layer that makes them waterproof. I’m able to wear ankle socks with them so my feet stay soft. And they’re also very protective from the elements. If you’re a more serious gardener I would definitely recommend garden shoes. These came in a variety of colored patterns, though I’m sure you can also find some that are very similar in a solid color.

I’d love to hear what you grew in October! Comment below. 😊

Wherever you are in the world, I wish you peace, joy, and happiness. ❤️

Until next time, Happy Gardening!

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