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Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn

Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn
September 20, 2019 Gisela Graham Team

For all you keen gardeners out there, autumn is now upon us and it is time to get creative in your wonderful green oasis! Between now and when the clocks go back in November, is one of the best times of year to plant spring-blooming bulbs, cool-season annuals, vegetables and many trees. The cooler temperatures and rainfall will help your plants develop stronger root systems before the cold winter.

Autumn Gardening Guide

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Autumn is the ideal opportunity to get ready for spring! Yes! The more you accomplish in fall, the less hectic days you will experience during the spring season. It’s prime time for planting new plants, moving those that are out of place, and planting bulbs to brighten our gardens next year.

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If you didn’t have much luck so far with fall planting in the past, you may be choosing the wrong plants for your space or you’re not getting them in the ground soon enough before the first frost. Here are some tips on when and how to plant for the best results.

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What to plant:

Autumn into early winter is the peak time to plant spring-blooming bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, alliums, and crocuses. It’s important to put them in the ground now because they need a long winter of beauty sleep to get ready for their spring coming-out party.

When to plant:

Wait to plant bulbs until nighttime temperatures drop, to give the soil a chance to cool down so your bulbs don’t bloom too early. To give bulbs enough time to root and get established, try to plant them at least six weeks before a hard, ground-freezing frost can be expected. If you still haven’t put your bulbs in the ground by early winter, go ahead and plant them as soon as there is a break in the weather. Leaving bulbs out of the ground too long will cause them to dry out. Another option is to plant your bulbs in pots and allow them to overwinter in a holding bed or a sheltered outdoor spot, covered with several inches of mulch.

Planting tips:

When purchasing bulbs, buy several varieties with a range of flowering periods so you can enjoy blooms from early to late spring. Bury your bulbs with the pointed end up to a depth about three times their diameter. For the greatest impact, plant them in clusters of five or more, rather than sticking a single bulb in the ground. To camouflage the bulb foliage when it begins to die back in the spring, mix your bulbs with perennials that have similar foliage, such as daylilies.

Hope we make you want to get your hands dirty and embrace this Autumn.

Love GG Team x