Sunday, July 21, 2019
Ideas for Fall Gardening
It is still July, and the sun is blazing hot. But now is the time to start thinking about Fall gardening. August will be here quickly, and that is when you need to plant many Fall crops.
Here are some ideas to keep you busy over the next few months:
Grow a Fall Garden. In many places across the country, mid-August through mid-September is the time to plant your Fall Garden. Crops to consider for the Fall include lettuce, radishes, beets, leeks, onions, rutabaga, cabbage, Chinese cabbage (examples: Napa cabbage, bok choy), kohlrabi, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, spinach, and kale. The exact timing of your planting will depend on the crops you want, and your plant hardiness zone (your local agricultural extension office can help you with that).
Plant Garlic Bulbs for the Spring. September is the time to plant garlic bulbs for next year. Consider planting a couple of interesting varieties from the Seed Savers Exchange.
Harvest Apples. Many areas have u-pick apple orchards. A visit to one would make for a fun and useful way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family. You can also visit your local farmers' market or attend one of the many small town apple festivals that are typically held in September or October.
Pick Nuts. September through November is the time to harvest pecans and black walnuts.
Plant Trees and Shrubs. Fall is a great time to plant most trees and shrubs. Check out my article from last year, Tips For Planting Fruit Trres & Common Mistakes.
Start Composting and Improving Your Soil. See my earlier article on Composting and Vermiculture.
Start Making Your Lasagna Garden. Now is a great time to mark off your lasagna-garden beds for next year, lay down the newspaper and use the falling leaves and yard waste in the layers.
Start Building Your Raised Garden Beds. Raised-bed gardening is a relatively easy and very productive method of gardening. Get a jump on next year by building your raised-beds this Fall.
Grow Indoor Herbs. Many herbs, such as chives, oregano, basil, mint, and rosemary, can be grown in pots indoors during the Fall and winter.
Transplant Perennials. Fall is the best time to divide and transplant most perennials. A Japanese hori hori garden knife is perfect for this. I've been using one for a couple of years now, and really love it - much better than a regular garden trowel.
Order Seed Catalogs. Don't forget to request seed catalogs for next year from your favorite companies. You can spend the winter months thumbing through the catalogs and dreaming big dreams.
Good Luck and Happy Fall Gardening!
Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Sustain a Thriving Garden. Great intro to raised bed gardening. 4.5 stars on Amazon.
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