Things to do: October 2022 |

In your garden

  • It’s fall, so you can plant, plant, plant!
    • You can plant all kinds of perennials like penstemon, globe mallow, salvias, etc.
    • This time of year is the best time to plant trees – both native and non-native.
    • Get ready for fall planting in your vegetable garden!
    • If you want to grow bulbs like daffodils, tulips, lilies, irises and amaryllis, you can plant them now. If you are already growing irises, now is the time to divide them.
  • New plantings can follow this watering schedule from Pima County Master Gardeners for newly planted native and desert-adapted plants:
    • 1-2 weeks every 3-4 days;
    • 3 -4 weeks every 6-7 days,
    • 5-6 weeks, every 7-10 days,
    • 7-8 weeks, every 10-14 days.
    • After week 8, gradually extend the time between irrigations until plants are established.

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  • You can replenish the compost on your plants. If you don’t know how make your own compostit can be purchased at Tank’s Green Stuff. You can also use vermicompost or worm castings for additional nutrition.
  • You can prune your Texas Rangers after our rains stop – they won’t bloom again until next year. Alternatively, you can wait until around February.


Watershed Management Group:

• The Tucson Botanical Gardens are open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Archeology Day. September 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free with a suggested donation of $5 at the entrance to the garden. 946 W. Mission Lane.

• Do you have milkweed in your garden? Want to help monitor monarch butterflies in Arizona? Check out this great citizen science project through the Desert Botanical Garden and the USA National Phenology Network.

• Check out some great videos on our desert and plant related topics on the Tumamoc Hill YouTube Channel.

• Don’t forget the free guided tours of the Master Gardener demonstration gardens at 4210 N. Campbell Avenue Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. You can also walk alone if you prefer.

Pima County Master Gardener Virtual Lectures. There are plenty of interesting topics for everyone, whether you’re brand new to Tucson or a seasoned gardener.


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