WEATHER »

Courtesy Photo

October: A Golden Month


October is a really golden month in the Santa Barbara area. There will probably be a mini heat wave. Although most nights will be starting to cool, the soil is still plenty warm for planting and even transplanting some things. The days are getting shorter, but there are still a few hours of daylight to do chores even during the busy work week. The first real rain may even fall. Here are some garden tasks that are suited to this beautiful month.

• Watch the squirrels and acorn woodpeckers fight it out for the California live oak acorns.

• Plant individual garlic cloves and “seed” potatoes for spring harvest.

• Collect and compost leaves of deciduous trees as they begin to fall. Pile them in a corner and turn the pile a couple of times during the winter, and they will produce a useful product by next spring.

• Enjoy fall fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, late tomatoes, and squashes.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Downtown Cross-Section Focuses on State Street Fixes

A streamlined permit process is in the works.

Santa Barbara Surfer Lakey Peterson in World Title Contention

Yearlong contest series culminates next week in Hawaii.

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Returns from Camp Fire

Volunteer team looked for human remains in Paradise.

N-Word Gets SBCC Staffer Placed on Leave

Students contend racial tension common on campus.

City of Santa Barbara Hires New Fire Chief

Eric Nickel comes from Palo Alto and has big shoes to fill.