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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.

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Fall Vegetable Gardening 101 - fall gardening tips

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.

Via eHow

Prepare Garden Soil in Fall - fall gardening tips

Plant Bulbs in Containers

Planting bulbs in containers in the fall will give you a sunny show for spring.

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Plant Bulbs in Containers - fall gardening tips

Fall-Blooming Flowers

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-Blooming Flowers - fall gardening tips

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.

Via The Homestead Garden

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Grow Garlic

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.

Via The Creative Vegetable Gardener

Grow Garlic - fall gardening tips

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.

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Use Soap as a Pest Deterrent - fall gardening tips

Proper Pruning

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.

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Proper Pruning - fall gardening tips


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.

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Sunlight - fall gardening tips

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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Superpowered Garden Soil - fall gardening tips

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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Cloches and Cold Frames - fall gardening tips

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.

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Frost - fall gardening tips

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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Don't Bag Leaves - fall gardening tips

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.

Via Empress of Dirt

Use Tough Plant Tags - fall gardening tips

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!

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