It’s Autumn, I Think

Living in the desert Southwest, I can be quite oblivious to the weather differences throughout the rest of country. It hardly occurs to me that while we’re still wearing shorts and short sleeves, many parts of the country are getting frost and dropping leaves.

And so, now that it appears time to start preparing for Autumn here, many folks have already been there and done that elsewhere.

Regardless, the cooling nights here still compel me to say something of the coming Autumn season. So…..

Don’t be so quick to put things away and clean up just yet. There’s still plenty to do and planting is one of them. And I’m not just talking about ornamental cabbage, bulbs, and mums.

It’s a perfect time to plant trees, perennials, shrubs, bare root roses, and such. They will establish themselves very quickly due to the soil still being warm and the cooler weather. And having established some roots before the first freeze, plants will produce much quicker than if planted in the Spring.

In the Spring the ground is still cool and roots are reluctant and even struggle to establish themselves. So, as it may not seem so, Fall planted plants really do do much better than Spring planted plants. Actually, we plant more trees in the Fall than we do any other part of the year.

Also, be aware that a lot of nurseries and outlets are clearing out inventory and are practically giving away stock just to keep from taking a total loss on their stock.

So take advantage of this. Not just for next Springs garden but for color in the garden this Fall. Pansies, Asters, and many Autumn blooming bulbs such as Crocus can be enjoyed now.

As For The Autumn Vegetable Garden

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, Spinach, lettuce, green peas, carrots, radishes, and many other cool weather vegetables will have plenty of time to mature and be enjoyed if planted now from seedling sprouts.

More about the Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

I addressed a good question in the plant forums  the other day about cutting and separating roots of potted plants. While I don’t find it necessary for all plants all the time, separating plant roots can be very useful in the Autumn to help root bound plants become more established before the first freeze.

A Few More Tips On Fall Planting

  • Plant trees and shrubs six to eight weeks before the ground freezes.
  • Plant Perennials four to six weeks before the above ground frost.
  • Plant bulbs for as long as the ground is still soft.
  • Don’t fertilize Fall plantings intended for Spring. It might make them start to grow and damage them when it freezes.
  • Now is the time to separate Perennials

That’s it for now

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