Planning ahead for fall gardening
With cool weather and fall approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking ahead and planning your fall garden. Gardening is often thought of a spring and summer activity, but there are so many great plants that harvest and grow so well in the fall and bloom in the spring. Planting your seeds in warm soil allows the roots to grow faster than those planted in the cold soil of the spring. Also, cooler autumn weather and shortened daylight are actually easier on plants (and gardeners). Check out this list of awesome vegetables and flowers to plant this fall!
If you want a colorful spring garden with gorgeous tulips, daffodils, or allium bulbs, then you must plant these in the fall! All spring blooming bulbs need a period of cold dormancy in order to bloom, so pick out some of your favorite bulbs to plant for beautiful spring display.
Many perennials are planted in the spring, but don’t overlook plants that can benefit from planting in the fall! Fall is the best time for peonies and irises to be planted and also for dividing and replanting hostas. Any perennial Specimens with large root balls are good to plant or replant in the spring.
Unlike Spring Bulbs or Perennials, there are many great vegetables to plant and harvest in the fall! Veggies like broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, radish, lettuce, and kale actually thrive in cooler temperatures. Time your crops backwards by looking at how much time until the first fall frost; some vegetables should be planted 30 days before frost and some 60.
Trees and Shrubs
Planting, replanting, and transplanting any trees or shrubs is best to do in the fall. The soil is still warm for root development and the cool air is best to prevent shock for any transplanting. Keep newly-planted trees well watered until the ground freezes to ensure a good start before winter dormancy.
Don’t forget comfy outdoor furniture to relax in after a busy fall gardening!