You have come to the right place if you are looking for tips for a successful fall garden. Every gardener wants their home garden to thrive in all seasons of the year.
A myth or concept prevails among many people that fall is the season when plants begin to wither. Many think that summer is the only time that vegetable gardening thrives. However, with mindful planning, your garden will look beautiful as ever. A fall garden can be just as fruitful (forgive the pun) as your summer garden.
This Autumn, plan for a bountiful garden, while also gearing up for essential prepping to rev up the spring season. It is a reasonable time to manage soils, clear planting beds, sow some bright winter annuals like honey suckles and pansies, and prepare turf for high-yielding and awesome-looking winter gardens.
Now is the time to start grooming your autumn garden to ensure exquisite and prolific fall gardens. This buys you more leisure time in spring to grow some spring annuals, colorful blossoms, and vegetables.
Implementing Tips for a Successful Fall Garden
Follow our gardening tips for this fall to enjoy hassle-free winters. So, let’s get the ball rolling! We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you that we use and love the convenience of our natural cedar-raised garden beds by EarthEasy. They make access easier and are aesthetically pleasing.
Wayfair also has a compact alternative for gardening in small spaces.
Groom your garden for winter
As the temperature drops off, your summer garden will start wilting – signals for fall maintenance and winter preparations. One needs to be proactive after witnessing these signals and make sure to carry out these steps timely.
Start by clearing up excessive fallen leaves, plant debris, and weeds. If you have sod grass and have fewer fallen leaves, you can skip raking and use a mower to chop them into small pieces. This method adds more nutrients to the soil. We mention using chopped leaves in our compost as well.
If you have a large land garden, plowing is the best option. The process improves soil health by making it aerated for new plantations. After tilling, wait 4-5 days before adding any compost or fertilizers, as it will allow the complete decay of dead roots and weeds.
Do mulching after plowing because low temperatures support the growth of many weeds like clover, dandelions, and chickweed.
Enhance soil fertility by adding fertilizers or compost high in nitrogen and carbon. We, of course, heavily promote the use of your compost since this is a more sustainable process for your home garden and lifestyle.
Add a layer of soil to the garden surface to elevate the ground level. This tip will promote healthy root growth and helps the grass to survive the fall season.
Perennials are your fall friends
Perennials not only add beauty to the gardens but are real workhorses for the soil. If diseases/pests are not a concern, do not over-prune the perennials, as their fallen leaves will give your garden a layer of natural mulch and provide shelter and food for wildlife. Pro gardeners will tell you that using perennials and other flowers are some of the best tips for a successful fall garden. Plus, they are aesthetically pleasing!
Lower temperatures are the most favorable for perennial plants like begonia, coneflower, coralbells, etc. Also, you can add some fall cover crops to gardens, such as red clover, winter rye, Austrian winter peas, and ryegrass. Don’t forget your gourds, pumpkins, and other winter squash.
Best tips to design a beautiful fall garden
-Use the raking tool to de-weed the soil.
-Add mulch to the open soil surfaces.
-After temperatures drop to freezing, add a 4-5 inch thick layer of bark mulch or bark over the crown of perennials.
-September and October is the perfect time to plant daffodils, tulips, or other spring blooming.
-Prune all the parts of diseased plants or remove plants with pests.
-Depending on the requirement of plants, restrict watering the damp soil to once a week only.
-Most perennials show dormancy during winters, but their roots are growing actively underground, so keep the soil moist and well-hydrated.
Managing your garden gear and tools
As the spring season ends, we often overlook prepping gardening tools and gear. These tools are your great gardening helpers, and it is essential to manage them in a respectful manner. These aren’t just tips for a successful fall garden, but gardening all year long depends on clean tools.
Before winter, take the following steps:
-Clean all hand tools and put them in a protective bag or drawer.
-Place metal edges of weeders, trowels, and other gear in a bucket with sand laced with oil to avoid corrosion. We don’t mean motor oil. You don’t want to transfer that to your garden.
Linseed oil is a great product to use. Linseed oil is, in fact, flax seed oil. It is non-toxic.
-Sharpen the blunt-edged tools like pruners, loopers, or mower blades. After sharpening, coat the edges with any lubricant to prevent them from rusting.
-Clear irrigation lines and hoses to avoid any blockage. Disconnect any hoses that may freeze, rupture, and cause damage to your home where they are connected.
-Clean sprays and empty them.
-Drain gas lines of weed whackers, mowers, and tillers. Also, change the oil of these gears before storing them in covered, dry spaces for winter.
Best tips for growing winter crops in your fall garden
An interesting fact is that the winter and fall seasons transform regular gardens into gigantic cold storage. A cool climate stops the withering of vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and kale for months after reaching maturity.
Quick ripening vegetables, such as cilantro, spinach, and lettuce, remain fresh for extended periods. Many think that as soon as the frost date has arrived, nothing will grow. On the contrary. Thoughtfully organized planning will allow you to reap through the garden during fall, winter, and into the early spring.
It is time to decide on fall garden crops you can consider the following to plant vegetables that grow in fall gardens.
In September, temperatures will start cooling off, it is the bright time for beets to germinate. Beets are root crops. They will start you off with some momentum for feeling great about your fall garden. Plant beet seeds 8-10 weeks prior to the first frost, and enjoy the crunchy, juicy harvest in the holidays. Fall reaping beets have darker skin colors than spring-planted ones. Keep an inch distance while sowing seeds, as beets do not like crowded spaces.
You can sow 8-9 carrot seeds keeping a distance of an inch or two in a row. Carrot seeds are smaller, so for successful germination, sow more than eight seeds in one hole.
Depending upon the intensity of coldness, onions usually take two to four weeks to harvest. You can sow onion sets in a shallow trench 4-6 inches apart and coat them with enough soil leaving their pointed tips at the surface.
Leafy greens for your salad love low temperatures and thrive in the cool season. Many greens require a reasonably short time to mature so that you can grow them from the beginning of August till the end of September. Suggestions to plant are arugula, swiss chard, cabbage, and mustard greens.
Other fall season crops that you may plant are varieties of asparagus, scallions, and garlic. If you are looking for a resource for seeds, there are several online routes, or you can check with your local farmers to see if they offer them.
Verishop offers several bundles of seeds,
Advantages of fall gardening
Often gardeners think fall gardening is a hassle, but it is also a growing season, just like spring and summer. Growing vegetables in the fall is an easy activity and brings more enlightening experiences to gardeners.
You will enjoy fewer bugs, longer harvesting crop time, cool weather, and colorful perennials. These colors provide aesthetically pleasing sights. The cherry on top? Less work!
Extended harvest time is beneficial as you might have more food in your garden to save money on your grocery budget. Winter gardening can be a great motivation for beginners to step into a pleasing planting hobby and surely a much-needed distraction from daily life chores for adept green thumbs.
If you are in an area where heavy frost is expected, you may use a row cover for your garden bed to protect the crops in the evening and morning.
Cold frames are also a great option. A cold frame is a transparent outdoor frame that protects plants from cold weather while still letting sunlight in. Wayfair carries a cold frame, and there are several versions available at Home Depot.
Bring your houseplants indoors. Be sure to keep them away from drafts and vents. Water sparingly because most houseplants do not actively grow in the winter.