Fall has officially arrived! While San Diego’s climate is relatively consistent, certain flowers and vegetables thrive in the slightly cooler temperatures Autumn brings.
Let’s give your garden some color and and put some tasty veggies on those dinner plates! Here are some ideas on what plants and vegetables to plant in the fall in San Diego!
According to the County of San Diego Vegetable Planting Guide, “hardy vegetables (onion sets, cabbage plants, kale, kohlrabi, Brussel sprouts, spinach, turnip, radish, asparagus, and rhubarb) are not injured by light frosts and the seed will germinate at a rather low temperature,” making them ideal for colder nights and overcast days.
— Rototill or spade the soil 8-12 inches deep, rake the surface smooth
— Spread a 1/2 inch layer of manure over the soil 4 weeks before planting
San Diego Is Awesome‘s detailed Fall Flower Planting Guide shows several colorful varieties of flora that thrive in San Diego’s fall climate, particularly Chrysanthemums, Yellow Bell Flowers, and Japanese Maples.
Tips for Care:
— Chrysanthemums: Keep in full sunlight and water frequently.
— Yellow Bell Flowers: Water frequently but allow time for drying. Prune regularly.
— Japanese Maple: If you live near the ocean, try to protect them from salt.
San Diego enjoys about 150 full days of sunshine a year (even more when the morning clouds burn off!), so even plants and flowers designated for spring time will still do relatively well in the county’s cooler months.
The veggies and flowers above, however, will thrive in the fall – bringing new life to your garden and tasty, homegrown flavors to your kitchen. Go, green thumbs!