Although the hectic summer is gone and the cooler weather is here with us, this is not the right time to turn a blind eye on your lawn, garden or yard. The best recreation for quality living that you can cheaply and enjoyably afford this season is to spend peaceful moments caring for your yard and garden. It is not too late to begin cultivating some of your favorite flowers and vegetables.
You have probably already stowed away the gardening tools without paying a second thought to the fantastic fall gardening ideas that you can put into practice now. Whatever might be holding you back; there is still time to prepare for anything you wish to grow, whether flowers, greens and vegetables, it is not too late to start. Here are tips to help you identify the kind of tasks you can productively tackle during this period of mellowness.
Grow Container Plants
Maybe you do not have enough space for gardening, or you think that if you start now, the coming winter will wreak havoc on your plants. That is no reason to sit back, lack of space notwithstanding. If you think of container gardening, you definitely will see the sense of starting now.
The immediate advantage of growing plants in a container is the cost of hiring landscaping experts that automatically drops from your priority list. Not being able to afford landscape architects should not prevent you from planting exquisite container gardens. Some of the plants you can productively and easily grow this fall are kales, cabbages, pansies and chrysanthemums.
In many places, kale and cabbage are resistant and tough crops for the cool season because they can live through mild frosts. Likewise, you can enjoy a splurge of color from pansies and other perennial plants. Although spring is the best time for pansies, they have the stamina to brave the cold during fall.
You can have a garden of perennial up to just a few days before the frost takes over the ground. If you have them in containers, instead of changing them every season, you can take them out to the garden. One container can have a combination of plants such as purple chrysanthemum, ornamental pepper, and ornamental grass. And if you have enough light indoors, a plant like ornamental pepper can be relocated inside until the following season.
Here are other perennials you can plant.
1. The Blue Mist Shrub
2. Japanese anemones
3. Balloon flower
4. Joe Pye Weed
5. Michaelmas daisy
6. New York daisy
7. Golden rod
8. Russian Sage
9. Balloon flower
And many more I haven’t mentioned here. To add to the character of fall as a season of color, you can prepare a profusion of fall plants with a combination of gold, scarlet, deep purples and whites to give your garden the magical look.
Things to Consider for a Fall Garden
One thing you must never do is starting your garden project late. You need to establish and plant them early in the season for them to be hardy in the garden. Although most of them come into bloom late, they grow spectacularly if they have taken all season in the garden.
When you are selecting what to plant, go for late bloomers that will give you a splash of color before the frost wipes them away. And since most of the plants grow leaves during the entire summer, they can be leggy and quite tall. To ensure you get a fantastic display in fall, you can stake the plants while they are growing because they are often heavy on the top. Do the staking early in the season because once they are bent over, the task of straitening them will be impossible.
Another thing you can do is to prune them periodically to make them self-supporting and stockier. To enable them to set more buds by branching out, start shortening them when they are 6-8 inches in height. Pruning them also delays the blooming period. To give them more strength, plant the fall bloomers at the back of a hedge or border so that you can let them grow as tall as they want. They will be supported by the plants in front of them which will also disguise them until it is their turn to bloom in splash of color.
Points to Remember
If you want to plant vegetables in your fall garden, you should be able to accurately predict/know when your zone/area is first hit by the frost. Knowing this is essential because you will guess the number of days you have for the crops of the cool season to mature. They often need about 40-50 days.
To be ready for the fall gardening, you will probably have to remove or tear away some of the summer plants so that you can create room for the planting season in fall. Your straggling cucumbers, melons, tomatoes and pepper will have to go. Also remember to upgrade your soil with composed because after the summer growth, the nutrients in the soil are depleted. And lastly, you will not start a vegetable seed nursery in your house or indoors. Your best bet will be to directly sow them in the soil. You can find more information about gardening in the fall from your local expert. I hope this was helpful and now you can look forward to a rewarding time in your garden instead of lying on the couch the entire fall and winter.