I've been told by many friends and family members that fall is a great time to plant and prepare our garden for next year. The problem is, because i've had so much advice some of it contradicts the other. Can anyone help provide some tips on what to do when planting shrubs, trees and veggies and how to improve my existing plants for next season.
i have a garden that is new to me as i bought the house last summer. i too looked for advice. what i gathered was to wait until the first front and then the plants will "tell you" what to do. this was true. the plants that got soggy and limp needed to be pruned down all the way. the dryer ones can stay which gives "winter interest" (give you something to look at in the winter and some animals will eat the seeds off them). also, all the roses need to be pruned down and insulated. i used fallen leaves for this as per the advice of my mom who used the same for years in her garden. come the spring (here it is!) clean up all the leaves, prune down the plants left standing, maybe do some mild fertilizing and watch things grow back (hopefully).
well if you're into mutual condition, i suggest you try find some plant that can help others (not parasites). with 2 plants helping each other, they will grow better. of course, do remember to have a look at those color blends.
Fall is a great time to plant evergreen shrubs and bushes. Fall is also a great time to get the soil ready for planting veggies. Practice some low maintenance composting by saving scraps of organic material such as leaves, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, etc. Till these things into the ground in the area that you plan to plant your garden.
The optimum time to plant is in the fall as soil temperatures are at its peak. Soil will retain moisture longer. Plant six weeks prior to frost to make sure roots have time to grow, and mulch new plants in the fall as it nauturally insulates your plants, and retains moisture. Watch fertlilzing. You want to stimulate the right type of plant growth at the right time! Blood and Bone meal offers tons of natural soil benifits and deters squirrels from digging up bulbs!
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