A Guide to Autumn Gardening with Think Outside

A Guide to Autumn Gardening with Think Outside

Planting in the fall can be a great way to prepare your garden for the following spring and take advantage of cooler temperatures and increased moisture. Here are some popular options for fall planting:

1. **Bulbs**: Fall is the perfect time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths. These bulbs need a period of cold to bloom beautifully in the spring.

2. **Perennials**: Many perennial flowers and herbs can be planted in the fall, including irises, peonies, and lavender. These plants will establish their root systems during the fall and winter, giving them a head start in the spring.

3. **Cool-Season Vegetables**: In most regions of the USA, you can plant cool-season vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, lettuce, and carrots in the fall. They'll thrive in the cooler temperatures.

4. **Garlic**: Fall is the ideal time to plant garlic cloves. They'll establish roots before the ground freezes and produce a bountiful harvest in the following summer.

5. **Trees and Shrubs**: Planting trees and shrubs in the fall allows them to establish roots before the hot summer months. Look for native varieties that are well-suited to your area.

6. **Cool-Season Annuals**: Some annual flowers and herbs can be planted in the fall for late-season color and early spring blooms. Examples include pansies, violas, and ornamental kale.

7. **Wildflower Mixes**: If you have a wildflower area or want to establish one, fall is a good time to sow wildflower seeds. They'll overwinter and start growing in the spring.

8. **Cover Crops**: If you have a vegetable garden, consider planting cover crops like winter rye or clover in the fall. These crops protect the soil from erosion, improve soil health, and can be tilled under in the spring to add organic matter.

Before planting, make sure to prepare your soil properly by amending it with compost or other organic matter, and be mindful of watering needs, especially during dry spells in the fall. Proper care during the fall planting season will help ensure a healthy and vibrant garden in the seasons to come.

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