14 Brilliant Fall Gardening Tips and Ideas to Try this Weekend
Getting your garden ready for fall? Whether you’re just beginning with your own garden or an experienced gardener these brilliant fall gardening tips are cool to add in your arsenal.
Tending to a garden – be it flowers, shrubs, fruits or vegetables takes a lot of work and patience. A beautiful garden doesn’t just sprout out of the ground without some TLC! And working on a garden during fall can be extra challenging, what with the colder weather.
These helpful fall gardening tips we’ve gathered here are just what a fall gardener needs to ensure a bountiful harvest or blooming garden.
Fall Vegetable Gardening 101
Cold weather food growing is simply an extension of what you already do in the warmer months with a few special considerations.
Prepare Garden Soil in Fall
April showers may bring May flowers, but you’ll need to start much earlier than that to prepare your garden soil for spring crops. Autumn’s a perfect time to do a thorough garden cleanup and add the organic content and nutrients your soil needs to feed your plants the following year.
Plant Bulbs in Containers
Planting bulbs in containers in the fall will give you a sunny show for spring.
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When fall comes around and our summer and spring flowers begin to die, it can get pretty depressing. However, there’s no need for the sadness and colorless yard to stick around. Here are a few of the best fall-blooming flowers that will brighten up your yard and your day!
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Fall Fruits and Veggies
It’s highly recommended that you try planting vegetables, fruits, and herbs this fall! No matter what garden zone you live in, there are some plants that you can grow.
If you’re a home cook you likely start many dishes by throwing chopped garlic and onions into a pan with olive oil. It’s the foundation of many, many meals! If you plan ahead this season you can grow garlic and have your own year round supply of with little effort.
Use Soap as a Pest Deterrent
Irish Spring and a cheese grater. Apparently, squirrels hate the smell of the soap, so they’ll stay out of your garden.
Pruning is necessary to promote good plant health, remove damaged limbs, encourage new growth, and maintain shape. Learn how to properly prune trees and shrubs.
One of the biggest influences in choosing plants you’ll grow is how much sunlight your garden site receives. The majority of plants thrive in six hours of sun, but thanks to the many plants that unfurl fabulous foliage and beautiful blooms in less light, you can plan a striking garden even in shady conditions.
Superpowered Garden Soil
This post is going to show you how to get SUPERPOWERED garden soil. The kind that makes it impossible for you to fail at gardening.
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Cloches and Cold Frames
Protect crops from pests and bring on their growth in cold weather by covering them with cloches or growing them in permanent cold frames.
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Take Note of the Frost Calendar
Make sure you do your homework before you plant. It will prevent plant-loss and disappointment that comes from planting a beautiful garden bed, only to have a frost or a freeze come in and damage or kill your plantings.
Don’t Bag Leaves
The tree leaves that accumulate in and around your landscape represent a valuable natural resource that can be used to provide a good source of organic matter and nutrients for use in your landscape. It is an established fact that the trees in one acre of forest shed as much as two tons of leaves each fall. You may complain, as you lean wearily on a leaf rake, that your neighborhood outdoes any forest, but be thankful. Hang on to your leaves. And if your neighbors don’t want them, hang on to theirs. It makes no sense to send valuable treasure to the dump.
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Use Tough Plant Tags
If you are looking for a durable, reliable plant marker and label system, this may be the answer. Both the markers and adhesive labels will endure the seasons indefinitely and, dare I say, they may outlast us all.
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Did you find these fall gardening tips helpful? Do you have any other ideas or tips to add – we’d love to hear from you!
For further reading, you might like to check out our favorite gardening books: Fall and Winter Gardening, You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, Vertical Gardening