Fall Gardening Pro Tips

Updated: Dec 8, 2019

Summer is winding down as Fall is gearing up. Don’t go hanging up your gardening gloves yet! The season of fall gardening is just getting started. There is seriously few things better in this life than going out on a crisp morning with a hot steamy cup of tea and playing in your fall garden. In order to experience these beautiful fall mornings, you have got to plant your garden! In this blog post you will learn about starting fall seedings, creating your fall garden space, maintaining a fall garden, harvesting your crops, and about putting your garden to sleep for the winter. All of this may seem daunting after all the work you put in during spring and summer but trust me when I say the effort is worth the reward.



Preparing Your Beds

-Clear your garden beds of any weeds and leaves from spring gardens. This will decrease bugs

and chances for diseases like blight.

-Add organic compost. Your soil is tired after Spring and Summer crops. Revitalize it with some compost nutrient dense compost.

-Set out a soaker hose to see where the water naturally falls on your landscape. Your fall plants will need extra water.

-Plant your fall crops in well spaced out rows. This will make it easier to cover crops when the freezes come in.

-Make good note of what you plant where. Next Fall make sure to rotate your crops the best you can.

-Start a gardening journal and keep detailed record of patterns you notice. Average rainfall, where the sun hits your yard, any diseases.


Fall Seedlings

-It is best to start fall seedlings 12-14 weeks before your first frost. Often times this falls between the months of July-August.

-Start your seedlings inside in 3 inch seedling trays.

-Start seedlings in a commercial seedling mix - organic. This 8/10 times does better than soil.

-Keep seedlings inside for 3 weeks then start bringing them out on cloudy days for a couple hours at a time to get them adjusted to outside.

-Transplant outside depending on your hardiness zone

Planting

-Saturate the water beds twice a day a couple days before transplanting to reduce shock.

-Plant your Fall crops in well spaced out rows. This will make it easier to cover crops with the freezes come in.

-Research companion planting and practice it.

-Set up a super soaker hose at the base of your stalks for easy direct watering.

-Keep your extra sensitive tubes and bulbs potted so you can bring them in as the winter grows colder.

-Label your plant spaces with nontoxic materials that will not degrade soil quality.

-Lay down fresh news paper and top with organic mulch. Lay your mulch out on a large tarp away from your garden for several days before using it in your garden to check for bugs. If any bugs are present use non toxic organic pesticides before bringing into your garden.

-Say no to pesticides and say yes to row covers. Learn everything you need to know about row covers here

-Metaphysical ProTip: Planting clear quartz crystals in the dirt will help to cleanse and charge your gardening space.


Maintaining

-Keep fallen leaves and weeds out of the garden.

-Prune regularly.

-Never allow spent plants or over ripened fruit to stay in the garden, they attract pests and sickness.

-Keep an eye out for diseases such as blight. If you have a sick plant put on disposable gloves, place plant in black trash bag, tie it tight and throw in garbage. Wash hands and change gloves before returning to garden.

-Aerate your soil.

Harvesting + Transitioning to Winter

-As soon as your plant is done producing it is time to get it out of the garden

-Replenish the soil nutrients. Mix in handfuls of compost as you are taking out fall crops.

-Start thinking of what cover crop you want for the winter.

-Start thinking of bulbs of shrubs you want to plant in the Winter. They transplant best in this dormant time and will shine best during spring.

-When you have harvested your fall garden bed then plant a cover crop that will keep soil levels balanced throughout winter.

-Try to keep your garden beds clean of mulch and weeds, with only cover crops.


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