Fall Gardening Tips
Posted on September 14, 2016
As much as everyone loves summer, all good things must come
to an end. The first day of fall this year is September 22, on the autumnal
equinox. This day marks the time of year when there are equal amounts of
daytime and nighttime. From that point on there will be less daylight every
day. With less daylight available in the fall, gardeners must make use of the
time they have with their plants.
Don’t let the lack of daytime discourage you from tending
garden—it’s still possible. You can garden throughout the fall by building a
greenhouse or starting an indoor garden. Continue gardening outside by planting
seasonal veggies that do well in the cold.
There is no need to stop enjoying the hobby you love. Read on to discover our fabulous fall
gardening tips and tricks.
Don't want to say goodbye to those delectable summer
tomatoes? You don't have to. Consider building a greenhouse when the fall
weather affects your crops. It's one of the best things a gardener can do to
enjoy their favorite fruits and veggies all year long. Your plants will be
happy too. The greenhouse's warm and humid environment will do wonders for your
More people are choosing to live sustainably since the rise
of the green movement. They literally "go green" by growing their own
fruits and vegetables, rather than going to the store.
Because of this, there are tons of free greenhouse plans
available on the internet. So don’t worry, you don’t have to go broke to be a
greenhouse owner. To build your own hothouse, all you need is some plastic
sheeting and PVC piping. Search online to find all the free DIY greenhouse
plans. There are many options you can choose from. Most designs come complete
with measurements and step-by-step directions. This makes assembly a cake-walk.
Make the Room Bloom
Don’t have time to build a greenhouse? Have no fear—another
climate controlled environment is right under your nose. Hint: It’s your home!
Use your kitchen windowsills to grow fresh herbs like basil
and mint. Your windowsill is a perfect growing environment for herbs due to its
proximity to the sun's rays. It's close enough to absorb all the available
light, yet sheltered from harsh weather. This is a wonderful way to continue
harvesting herbs when the weather is no longer ideal.
Just like how a greenhouse supplies you with crops all year
long, a windowsill herb garden will do the same. You can replenish your supply
of herbs by pruning them as they grow. Just cut the herbs as you need them and
watch them regenerate. Remember to regularly harvest your herbs to encourage
Plant Seasonable Vegetables
For most of us, fall means colder weather and the winding down of the
gardening season. But for others in the southern regions of the United States,
fall means warmth and prime gardening conditions. This is why the seasons should
not dictate which crops you decide to plant. Everything depends on your particular
climate. Your options vary, based on what U.S. region you live in.
Take a look at the lists below to get an idea of which
veggies and herbs you can plant in September:
- Bok choy
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
North Central U.S.
Central U.S./ Midwest
- Collard greens
Don’t let the changing seasons deter you away from
gardening. Regardless of the weather, there is always something you can plant.
Garden All Year Long
Plan accordingly for the season so you can still enjoy the
hobby that you love. Start a windowsill herb garden from the comfort of your
kitchen. Take on a new project by building a greenhouse. If you love that cold,
fresh air, plant seasonal vegetables in the garden outside. There are plenty of
plants and veggies that thrive in cold weather.
Gardening is good for the mind, body and soul. Occupying
yourself in the garden is good for the mind because it's a form of meditation—you’re
able to clear your head. When you’re in the yard working out your muscles, your
body is healthy. And when your mind and body are happy and healthy, your spirit
will soar. Not to mention, gardening reconnects you with nature—something lost
in today's culture of technology.
There's far too much good that comes from gardening for you
to stop. As the seasons change, remember this: less daytime doesn’t mean less
gardening time. So don’t put those shears away just yet!
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