Get Your Garden Ready for Fall

The garden that was so lush and green just a few weeks ago is starting to fade fast. Now’s the time to plan (and plant) ahead. Here are some ways to help your landscape and garden get ready for fall:

Lawn care…core aerate, overseed and fertilize.

Trees and shrubs…prune broken branches and keep watering through winter.

Vegetable Garden…clean up garden debris, turn soil in the garden, plant cool-season crops (like kale, other leafy greens, radishes, carrots, beets, parsnips, broccoli, cabbage).

Flower Garden…clip back spent flowers and diseased or damaged foliage, add mulch, plant chrysanthemums, asters and cool-season ornamental grasses, plant perennials (like Oriental Poppies).

Think Spring!…plant spring blooming bulbs of different varieties, sizes, colors and bloom times (like crocus, daffodil, tulips, grape hyacinths, miniature iris, Dutch Iris and ornamental onions).

Think Summer!…plant garlic before the ground freezes and mulch. Keep soil moist in the spring and harvest garlic in July.

Think Winter!…plant garlic in pots for some indoor vegetable gardening to keep flexing your gardening muscles and have fresh greens when the weather turns cold. Here’s how:

You’ll need 8-10 small garlic cloves (leftovers work well), a small pot with drainage holes, saucer, potting soil.

  1. Fill the container almost to the top with potting soil.
  2. Separate the head of garlic into individual cloves; leave the skin on.
  3. Place each clove in the soil, root down; plant cloves close together.
  4. Gently water to make sure the soil is moist.
  5. Place the pot and saucer on a sunny windowsill; keep the soil moist, bit don’t let pot stand in water.
  6. After a week or two, little green shoots will start to appear.
  7. Wait until the greens are about 6-8 inches tall before harvesting with scissors.
  8. Expect a few cuttings before the cloves stop producing.


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