It’s September and those hot summer days are finally coming to an end. The garden that you gave so much love and attention to is showing signs of abandonment as life slowly seeps from it’s once-green foilage.
Don’t put those gardening tools up just yet though. Just because your garden no longer bursts forth and bears the fruits of summer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the fall season to take advantage of next year’s garden.
Here’s how to garden in the fall, grab some extra crop and be prepared for next year’s harvest.
Buy For Next Year
You’re a gardener and you likely enjoy making that garden look a little better – and a little bigger – every year. Don’t miss the post-Summer sales at your local garden centers.
Gardening is a bit like Christmas in that you simply won’t find better deals once the season has passed. Seeds, tools, fertilizer – whatever you need – you can get it all for as much as 80% off. It’s time to clear out a big corner in the shed and store some savings.
Next year’s garden will cost a fraction of the price by planning ahead so stock up soon.
How to Grow the Prettiest Flowers Next Year
Just because we’re dudes doesn’t mean that we don’t like pretty flowers. It’s actually quite a feeling of pride to have the best looking floral decor on the block.
There’s only one way you stand a chance of out-shining the neighbors when it comes to hardy bulbs, which include daffodils, tulips and irises. Plant now – ahead of the first frost and while the tempereature is in the forties – and watch these spring-flowering bulbs really blossom early in the year.
Hardy bulbs like to keep coming back year and year too – so less work and greater reward. Oh yeah… we like that.
Quick-Growing Veggies Can Still Be Planted
It may seem late in the year but there will be plenty of people who will reap the benefits of crops planted this weekend.
Mesclun (great for salad lovers) and radishes can be grown in about three weeks and bush beans take only six weeks.
Lettuce, broccoli and kale are all great fall plants that often see better results in colder temperatures.
It might seem strange to think about having a huge crop in November but so long as the temperatures just occasionally dip below freezing – and don’t stay there, you can eat home-grown veggies nearly all year long.
Plant New Shrubs and Trees
Don’t wait until Spring for planting those new saplings. Fall is the ideal time for such shrubbery as it allows the tree roots to become firmly entrenched in the soil and the effects of the sun are far less harsh so withering doesn’t become an issue.
If you live in a cold state, get some burlap to add protection for the new shrubs by wrapping all the limbs.
Planting in the fall and protecting from the winter is sure way to maximize growth of newly planted trees.
Fertilize in the Fall
This tip gets missed a lot. Maybe people are just tired of gardening at this point or maybe they simply just don’t know – Fertilizing in the fall will greatly help your spring gardening efforts.
Just as your body stores away the carbohydrates you eat, your lawn stores carbs away to help fend off the harshness of winter. These energy macro-nutrients help to stave off injury, disease and help with spring growth.
Timing is a big deal here. November is typically the best month for late year fertilization. Look to do it when you notice your grass is no longer growing but try and beat the first frost.
By expanding your gardening adventures well into the fall and even the early winter, you can not only cultivate some great late crops, you can maximize your spring growth and see your garden flourish all through the summer.