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Bulbs, Fall Planting




Not ready to abandon the pleasures of gardening just because fall is approaching? Here are a few ideas to keep your hand in and to make sure your green thumb stays green.
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Planting Bulbs in the Fall
The most obvious solution is to consider planting bulbs in the fall for flowers that will bloom in the spring. Dormant over the summer months, bulbs break dormancy during low temperatures so that growth can resume in fall and early winter. As a general guideline, you can plant your bulbs between mid-August until the soil freezes depending on the species.

Planting Vegetables in the Fall
Planting a vegetable garden in the fall may even be easier than gardening during the summer. Think about it: none of those perspiration-drenched days during hot and humid weather, no need to swat away those pesky bugs. Plus, wherever you live you are likely to be able to extend your growing season…in some areas well into October and others as late as early December.

It’s probably obvious that a successful fall garden depends on choosing the right types of fall vegetables and planting them at the time that’s right for your region. There are vegetables that do well during the cooler conditions of autumn.
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Among those to consider are kale, collards, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, rutabagas, beets, carrots, leeks, endive, and lettuce.

Most gardeners plant their fall garden crops in mid to late summer. This gives the plants time to mature before winter sets in. Keep in mind that your plants do grow more slowly as days become shorter and temperatures cool.

Garlic, shallots, kale, collards, spinach, and some varieties of lettuce are examples of vegetables that can be planted in the fall, germinate before winter, and remain dormant under a light mulch before resuming in the spring.

Fall gardening may require a little research, planning and experimentation on your part to see what works best for you. The results can be rewarding, however…such as tulips and daffodils in the spring or harvesting fresh, homegrown vegetables that you’d thought were long gone even though the days are shorter and temperatures are cooling off.


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