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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Gardening 101

While you may think that spring and summer are the best times for your garden, fall temperatures can actually create the perfect growing atmosphere. Those who seize the opportunity for a second season of growth will find the planning and planting well worthwhile. Here are a few popular garden tips and trends to provide inspiration in achieving the perfect fall garden.
  • Make room in your garden: Get your fall garden ready by removing any plants that aren’t showing signs of growth or improvement. These might be plants that have been burnt due to high temperatures, or vegetables that have been taken over by disease. Remember to also remove any weeds you might find so that they do not steal nutrients from your new and existing crops. Removing all dead plants and weeds will help to create room for your new fall harvest.
  • Pick the right crops and plants: Look forward to peak flavor and performance for many crops that do not prosper in summer heat. Crops like leafy greens, root veggies and peas all thrive in cooler weather. Curious on what to plant? Check out Top Tips for Great Fall Gardens to get an idea of all the varieties available.
  • Pot-in-pot landscaping: This has become a big gardening trend in recent years. It’s the quickest and easiest way to change your seasonal plants. Dig a hole in your garden for your seasonal plants and fill it with an empty plastic container. When you are ready to replace or change your plants fill the empty plastic container with another container grown plant. This is an easy switch that can help you save time with your landscaping. For complete instructions and other clever gardening tips check out
  • Spread mulch: To help retain moisture for the season and block weed growth, spread the mulch around! suggests that it’s best to lay around 2-3 inches of mulch over your soil and around your plants. During the cooler temperatures of the fall and winter, mulch will work to prevent your soil from freezing rapidly and thawing, which can lead to root damage for your plants. When mulching your garden, you will want to cover anything that needs protection from moisture loss and temperature changes.
  • Get into fall cleaning: Once you have fully prepped your garden for the fall and winter months, take time to clean your garden tools and toss old chemical products. Be sure to take note of what materials and products you will need to replace before spring arrives. Clean your metal gardening tools with a light rubbing oil and use a file to sharpen any dull tools.
  • Plant your spring bulbs now: Early fall is the best time to prepare beds for spring planting. Plant your spring bulbs now and watch them bloom beautifully next season. If you’re looking for some garden color inspiration check out HGTV’s article on 2016 Garden Trends. One major trend for 2016 is to plant flowers in bright neon shades or soft blush tones. 
With careful planning and preparation, your garden can thrive beautifully through the fall and stay protected during the winter months. Have any fall gardening tips of your own? Share them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear them!

1 comment:

  1. "toss old chemical products." NO. anyone interested in gardening would check out the next hazardous materials recycling date in their community, and take them there for proper disposal to help the next generations of gardeners!