Put in your cool-season vegetable garden: broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and cabbage as well as onion sets, garden peas, carrots and beets.
Roses in most areas still have one more fling to come; feed and deeply water them now. Watch for mildew, which can be a problem this time of year.
. . . AND GENERAL OCTOBER CARE TIPS
This is the time to start planning your fall garden. Prepare all beds by pulling summer annuals and adding organic matter, such as peat moss or redwood compost to the soil. Turn over soil, incorporate organic matter, then add a balanced granular fertilizer, such as 10-10-5 or 14-14-14.
Start looking in local nurseries for fall annuals such as snap dragons, violas, poppies and pansies. Plan and prepare your garden now, but wait until October to plant. Fall is a good time to divide all spring-blooming perennials, such as alstromerias or campanulas.