Labor Day brings a lot of mixed emotions for me. As a gardener, I love summer! The flowers look fantastic, the vegetable garden is producing beautiful, healthy food for my family and the pool is open! And then, before you know it, it’s September. The gardens start to die down a bit, we all begin to spend less and less time outdoors and before you know it – Fall is here.
Fall is also an amazing time for gardening. What if I told you that it is possible to keep the garden and your time outdoors going until the first frost? It is possible – and easy. So let’s get started.
1. Plant Fall Vegetable Crops Now. Tons of veggies from lettuce to kale, broccoli, carrots and more can be planted now and harvested until frost.
2. Turn your summer patio into a Fall Getaway. Now is the time to enjoy that firepit! Stock your wood shed, get together some old (or purchase new) blankets for guests to snuggle under by the fire. Add Fall planters bursting with mums to anchor the space and make it look inviting and purposeful.
3. Don’t prune back your ornamental grasses. The texture and sound they provide is gorgeous and works wonders in a fall or winter garden.
4. Plant Tulips, Daffodils and other Spring flowering bulbs now. These bulbs require a period of cold (winter). So plant them now and they will bloom next Spring.
5. Plant Trees, Shrubs and Perennials. Fall is a particularly good time to plant because although the air temperatures are cooler, the soil is still plenty warm for root growth.
6. Renovate the Lawn. Maybe you have some bare spots from the summer? Now would be the time to seed and fertilize the lawn.
7. Move Houseplants back inside. I love to move my palm plants and croton outside for the summer. They add a real tropical look to my patio, but Fall is the time to bring them indoors. Learn how.
So whether you choose to tackle one or more of these garden chores this fall, enjoy your time outdoors!