Things to notice:
Geraniums and nasturiums respond to cooler temperatures by spreading out and providing a beautiful burst of color to your garden or patio.
While you monitor frost warnings, remember that certain trees (apples, peaches, plums, pears) need a certain number of chill hours. Frost also helps certain vegetables, like carrots, brussel sprouts, and kale develop better flavor.
Southwest winter temperatures are still much more comfortable than what most of the country is experiencing. Whether you’re still wearing shorts or putting on sweaters, take advantage of our good fortune and spend some time outdoors!
Zonal Geranium, Pelargonium hortorum
“Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” –Unknown
Things to do:
Move tropical plants inside or to a protected spot as temperatures lower.
Leave tomatoes on the vine for as long as possible. If frost is predicted, bring them indoors. Even if they’re green, they’ll continue to ripen to a lovely red!
If frost is predicted, cover plants that need protection (like citrus trees) with frost blankets, sheets or burlap.
Clear dead plants, fallen leaves, and other debris from the garden. This will help prevent future diseases and pests.
Plant paper-white narcissus and amaryllis indoors for the holidays. Plant a few extra pots for gifts!