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Plant people wait all year for fall to arrive. The vegetable crop comes in, the leaves turn gorgeous and pumpkin spice shows up in coffee shops. Many wish that they could keep the fortunes of fall going year-round. However, you may be worried about the colder weather's effect on your precious plants. Don't fret, we've got some tips on how to properly bring your garden into the new season.
Fortunately, the end of summer doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your garden. Fall is many gardeners’ favorite work season thanks to the benefits of having fewer pests and longer growing periods. Keep reading to see how you can take advantage of the cooler days and utilize late-season plants for a better gardening experience as we transition into autumn.
Proper pest control
Fighting bugs is every gardener’s eternal struggle. Insects all have their own schedules based on hatching cycles, and many are back below ground this season. However, fall is the prime season for critters like aphids, stink bugs, spider mites and corn earworms.
A good insect repellent is key to saving your crop. The key is to find one that is safe for your plants and edible vegetables as well as for the local ecosystem. Harsher, industrial repellents can wreak havoc on your soil and water runoff. Instead, go for an organic spray that uses neem oil to keep bugs and harmful chemicals out of your garden.
Stay ahead of autumn chores
Clean and oil your metal tools to prevent rust, prep trees and shrubbery for cold weather and maintain clean beds to keep bugs from breeding in the mulch. While they’re not the most enjoyable aspects of gardening, taking the time to do these tasks now will save you a headache when winter arrives.
Fall brings cooler days and more temperate weather, but it’s also a great season to spend quality time in your garden. Some people love to care for the last plants of the year by hand with watering cans for an intimate, old-fashioned garden experience.
Harvest some pro advice
Planting in the 2020s includes being part of a global community of gardeners. Take advantage of all the available knowledge to learn new tips for your plants or how to plant all year in your specific environment. We recommend looking to pro-veggie producer Nikki Jabour who is a cold-weather native hailing from Nova Scotia.
Jabour's book, The Year-Round Gardener, details how she learned to grow things through Canadian winters. Her techniques and plans for gardening even in the harshest winters may help you see what you can do to prevent your garden from looking dull and unproductive in the colder months.
Make the most of your garden this season
These three tips are just the beginning of what you can do to make autumn a more enjoyable time for you and your garden. Do you have any other fall gardening secrets? Share them in the comments below!
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