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Many newer gardeners don’t know almost anything you plant in spring, can also be planted in fall. Fall planting is best for plants which can withstand light frosts, grow well in short daylight, and prosper in mild temperatures. blueberries, cherries (potted) and apples (potted). Among the best flowers to plant in fall are Perennials like Echinacea, Forget-Me-Nots, Lavender, Rhizomes and Catmint and Spring Blooming Bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Allium and Lilies.
Southern gardeners have many more options available for fall planting for a "winter" garden harvest.
Before planting you should check planting zones to ensure your garden achieves maximum success. These gardening zones will help you determine which plants will grow best in your region based on rainfall and average temperatures. Once you have identified which plants will grow best in your area, perform a simple soil pH test. Depending on your region, the soil may be more acidic or alkaline. The results of a soil pH test will further assist you in determining which plants grow best in your soil. Next, dispose of any dead and diseased plants and add a fresh layer of nutrient-rich soil or compost to ensure your new plants have the best chance to grow strong and healthy.
When fall gardening, you must plant seeds deeper than you would in spring as surface soil temperatures are higher and moisture levels are lower and deeper. Fall planting depths may be as much as 1 to 2 times as deep as spring planting. After you have planted your fall crops, place a layer of organic mulch over the top. Mulch will protect your crops from frosts, freezes and invasive weeds.
Since insects are especially prevalent in fall, it is a good idea to protect your vulnerable plants with garden pest control. Cucumbers, squash and corn are especially susceptible to insects and diseases during the fall months, so you may want to avoid planting these during fall months.
With fruit trees, initial pruning and springtime pruning is essential to ensure optimal foliage production. Tree tops should be reduced by approximately 1/3 and weak branches should be cut away. Pruning will also help reduce the spread of garden diseases, which can ruin entire crops, even entire gardens!
Whether you’re planting flowers, vegetables or fruit this fall, follow these expert tips and you’ll have healthier and heartier plants.
Every year, gardeners rejoice in the arrival of fall planting season. This year is certainly no different, but you better stock up on your fall planting essentials now before this window of opportunity closes for winter. You can extend your growing season everywhere with a Coldframe Greenhouse and row covers extend harvests through light frosts for cold resistant greens. Shop gardening supplies, plants, seeds and garden décor from Jung now and grow a greater garden next season!
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