Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall is for Gardening!

Though Fall is sometimes known for days like today (rainy), its cooler weather and increased rainfall is actually very beneficial to some plants. Cool weather vegetables, for example, grow much better and faster in the Fall because they thrive in cooler temperatures than Spring can offer. Lettuce, swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and many others fall in this category and should be planted in August or September. Some may have longer grow times than others, and you want your plants to be harvest-ready before the first frost, so check your vegetable before you plant.

Bulbs are another plant that many people don't know should be planted in the Fall. Planting bulbs in the Fall will give them more time to strengthen their root system and become a strong plant to bloom in the Spring. We have many varieties at Strange's, including tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, and eventually onions & garlic as well. Just remember to wait until your soil is at 55 degrees or below before you plant your bulbs, or you will fool them into thinking it is already Spring, and we don't want premature blooming!

There are other plants as well that enjoy cool weather, such as the beautiful foliage of heuchera, the showy flowers of the Encore azalea, the gorgeous color variety of pansies and the full, pillowy flowers of mums, not to mention many others!

Everyone can find something to plant, and also, don't forget those kitchen herb gardens. At Strange's, Fall is for Planting!

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