The changing season means that your garden may have different needs. Cooler temperatures bring with it special considerations, but don’t worry! You can still keep your garden beautiful through the fall! Here are some tips you can follow to tend to your fall garden’s needs.
As the vegetables you planted over the summer continue to ripen you will need to continue to harvest them. Peppers and tomatoes need to be picked as quickly as possible while full-sized pumpkins will need to remain on the vine for as long as you can let them. Herbs can continue to be snipped and stashed away in your freezer for use over the winter, too.
If you’ve got collards, kale or Brussels sprouts you may want to let them get hit with a frost before you harvest them. This improves their taste, so you will be glad you did it! Also remember that you will need to continue removing dying and diseased plants from your garden as soon as you can, and don’t compost anything but healthy plants.
If you want to treat your plants with a form of insecticides you will first need to remember a few basics. First, identify the insect that is eating your plants and make sure they are really the root of the problem. You don’t want to end up treating your garden unnecessarily. Remember that insects in your garden don’t always mean that you need to treat it, either. Some insects are actually good for you plants and help to get rid of the bugs you do not want in your garden! If you do choose to use an insecticide, always go for the least toxic option that you can.
If you didn’t aerate in the spring you may want to think about doing core aeration in the fall. This will help to reduce soil compaction and thatch. Core aeration is only needed once a year for most lawns and gardens, and it provides an opportunity to help keep your lawn thick and healthy. Make sure that when you aerate that your lawn is moist and that you leave the soil and grass plus on your lawn so that they can work their way back into the soil, which takes about a week or two.
It’s never too early to think about spring! If you want to plant bulbs for the spring then this is the time to get it done. Ornamental onions are great for the garden as well and come in a lot of different varieties that will bloom in late spring or early summer. You may also want to consider daffodils since they are very easy to grow and are usually the first flowers to let you know that spring is here!