Living in the desert southwest certainly has its advantages, one of them being that you can grow vegetables all year long! October is gardening time, and if you have been putting off starting a home garden, why not get started?
October is the time to plant the following vegetables from seed:
And other root crops (except radishes)
Plant from “sets”:
Plant with seedlings:
Herbs to plant now from seeds or plants:
If you have a vegetable garden, and need to make room for fall crops, it may be hard to decide what to take out. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant will continue to produce until the first frost, so don’t pull those unless they have no green fruit. Melons, cucumbers and summer squash are usually done by now, so you can remove these plants. Winter squash (pumpkins, butternut, acorn, and other hard shell squash) should be left on the vines until your thumb nail can’t pierce the flesh. If they are ready, pick and remove the vines.
When you first set out seedlings, provide them with some afternoon shade for a couple weeks to acclimate them. Don’t leave shade cloth over them for too long, however, or they will not thrive from lack of sun.
If cabbage lopers (small, green caterpillars) bother your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower plants, treat with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a safe, bio-insecticide that controls these pests.