Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to take a garden inventory to see what needs attention.
My garden is loaded with new growth and new plants have sprouted reminding me that with a little love and care wonderful things can happen.
It’s a great feeling and fall gardening is in the air.
In theVeggie Garden
Fall is when I plant, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach. I recommend planting in cold frames similar to our covered raised bed or the seed starter boxes as these options will allow expanding the growing season after a freeze arrives.
The plants I mentioned can still be started by seed or planted from starters you may have purchased from a nursery.
Things like carrots are another great winter crop and do best when allowed to germinate in sand. Make sure their soil is amended and fluffy so they can grow out into a nice harvest.
Depending on where you live it might be a good time to start harvesting your annual herbs. I normally begin doing this now with my annuals and wait another month for my perennials.
I like to air dry herbs so I have access for winter cooking.
Fruit Garden Care
New plantations of strawberry plants can be added and runners from existing plants should be transplanted into new areas. I spotted a volunteer in one of my covered raised bed a few weeks ago.
I was so excited and decided to leave a small space where I can add a few more plants. The sooner you plant the stronger they will be next season.
Raspberries and blackberries need to have old stems removed and thin out the young canes to three or four. I know this is hard to trim back when they’re so much green.
I have a raspberry plant that really needs trimming but I’m enjoying all the lush growth. Just make sure before trimming the plants are finished producing fruit.
Flower Garden Tips
This is the month to get bulbs planted if you enjoy tulips, most lilies, hyacinths and daffodils? I’ve noticed most bulbs are available in stores or you can purchase online.
Continue enjoying those beautiful flowers, especially the annuals as their days are numbered. If a freeze arrives early just clean them out of beds afterwards and begin to trim up planters that may also need to be brought indoors and held over winter.
With fall around the corner this is the time of year most people begin adding mums and pansies in preparation for fall decorating.