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Fall Gardening Q&A with Kellogg: What Should You Plant in Los Angeles?

by | Nov 5, 2019 | Gardening | 0 comments

You asked, and Kellogg answered! Check out our Fall Gardening Q&A for the latest tips and tricks for your plants this Autumn.

Q: What vegetables should I plant in November?

Peas, carrots, arugula, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuces, spinach, kale, chard, mustard greens, and onions are excellent choices for November.

Q: What flowers should I plant in November?

Good options include:

Flowering Bulbs

  • Allium
  • Anemone
  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Fritillaria
  • Iris)

Winter-Flowering Annuals

  • Calendula
  • Candytuft
  • Pansies
  • Sweet Alyssum

Winter Flowers

  • Hydrangeas
  • English Primroses
  • Poinsettias
  • Snapdragons
  • Violas

Cold-Resistant Flowers

  • Calendula
  • Foxglove
  • Stock that can endure the cooler temperatures

FAQs: Fall Gardening Practices

Q: I keep trying to grow spinach without any luck. Do you have any planting tricks or suggestions?

Spinach grows best in sun to partial shade. Sow spinach in light soil that is well-drained. Spinach is a cool-weather crop that grows best when daytime temperature remains consistently below 75°F–commonly in spring or fall.

Q: The cabbage I usually plant in November is always so small at harvest. What could cause this?

Cabbage loves nitrogen-rich soil; amend with Kellogg Garden G & B Organics Harvest Supreme

Q: What is the best fruit to plant in November?

Blueberries and figs do well in Zone 10 b.

Q: How do you know if you’re over-watering?

When the plant wilts and the leaves yellow.

Q: What is the number one thing I should do to my garden now in preparation for next spring?

Weeding and soil prep are key!

Q: I’m just getting into gardening. What are some good beginner veggies, fruits, and flowers?

Tomatoes, radishes, kale, lettuce, blueberries, dwarf lemon, and orange trees.

Q: Do wood chips affect how your plants will grow?

They can sometimes. Cedar Mulch and Gorilla Hair Mulch are good alternatives.

Q: When should I plant bulbs for the spring? Now or in a couple of months? *zone 10b

December or January is an excellent time to plant spring bulbs.

Q: I want to grow apples for next year’s fall harvest. When should I plant an apple tree? *zone 10b

Plant low chill apples now.

Q: What is a good herb to grow in a pot?

Basil, cilantro, rosemary, dill, or thyme.

Q: I live in an apartment with a small outdoor space. What do you suggest growing? *zone 10b

Herbs, container flowers, and shrubs.

Q: What is the best way to begin composting? Any tips?

Start with a small composter and throw in grass clippings, leaves, and vegetable scraps.

Q: I would love to grow mums so that they’re blooming this time next year. When should I plant them? Do you recommend seeds, bulbs, etc.? *zone 10b

Buy flowering plants. Make sure you trim and feed accordingly!

Q: What are some vegetables or fruits that don’t require a lot of water to grow? Basically, veggies and fruits that are drought tolerant. *zone 10b

Here are some of the best choices for the LA area:

  • Swiss chard
  • Eggplant
  • Bell peppers
  • Sugar baby watermelon
  • Artichokes
  • Kale
  • Pomegranates
  • Fig trees

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