Don’t let the 80 degree temperatures deceive you. Fall is on its way to Northeastern Pa. The Garden Center has hundreds of mums looking for new homes, the staff has been busy making scarecrows and the Fall festival is less than a month away. Obviously, we are getting our gardens ready for fall, but are you?
If you haven’t begun your fall garden (or even if you have), try incorporating some of these ideas.
Enjoy some fresh fall veggies
Many people think vegetable gardens are only for the summer. Anyone who believes that is missing out on some tastier garden treats. Carrots, broccoli, snow peas, snap peas cauliflower and beets are a few of the vegetables you can plan to harvest in the cool days of fall. Since most of these hardy vegetables take about 60 days to grow, you may want to purchase them as seedlings and keep an eye on the cool night temperatures. If you decide to plant them as seeds, do so in mid to late August depending on your climate.
Bring some fall color to your garden
Fall is your last chance to enjoy your colorful garden before the gloomy winter comes. Chrysanthemums, aster, goldenrod, pansies and hellebores can be purchased young at the Garden Center and will last through the fall. Growing these plants from seedlings should begin in mid-summer in a dark place, like your basement. When fall begins, they will be strong enough to plant in your garden.
Take advantage of the cool temperatures & grow some ornamental grass
Select cool season ornamental grasses for easy-to-grow and easy-to-maintain fall color in your garden. Blue fescue and feather reed grass prefer temperatures from just above freezing to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool season ornamental grasses enjoy new growth in the spring, stop growing in the heat of the summer, and then continue to thrive when the weather turns cool in the fall. Look for clump growing ornamental grasses for easier maintenance; other types will spread and some, like ribbon grass, will take over any garden. Once your ornamental grasses are established, they need no fertilizer, pruning or coddling of any kind.
Put those old clothes to good use
Not sure what to do with those worn out gardening shoes, gloves and pants? Make a gardener scarecrow! You and the kids will have fun making it and it might keep a few pesky animals out of your fall vegetable garden.
Some ideas and information for this post came from: Fall Gardening Ideas | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/68818-fall-gardening-ideas.html#ixzz3CNzoo89s