Perfect Fall Gardening Tasks

comments (5) October 23rd, 2010

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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Dont get too relaxed; theres still work to be done in the fall garden.
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Don't get too relaxed; there's still work to be done in the fall garden.


Photo by aithom under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.

Once the days grow short and leaves begin to fall, it may feel as if the growing season is coming to and end. Well, don't snuggle up by the fire in your over-stuffed chair just yet. There's plenty left to do in the yard and garden.

  • Walk around the entire yard and garden looking for debris and dying plants. Clean them all out along with the broken terra cotta pot that you've been meaning to pick up for the last four months. The less mess you leave for the winter, the less hiding places for snails and pests will have.
  • Of course, you'll want at least a small fall garden - get some broccoli, lettuce, and garlic planted.
  • Add layers and layers of compost to your existing garden beds. You're going to be so pleased with yourself come spring.
  • Make compost sandwiches in places where you'd like to add new garden beds. A side yard or part of the lawn is perfect.
  • Plant in a cold frame. If you don't have one - get one.
  • Clean your tools and store them somewhere out of the coming inclement weather.
  • Plant cover crops in garden beds that are "resting" until the warm season comes back around. Right after they bloom, turn them under for a nitrogen blast for spring crops.
  • Start some herbs indoors for fresh cooking through the cold months.
  • Re-seed the bare spots on your lawn.
  • Plant groundcovers in landscaping areas of the yard to prevent soil erosion and weeds.
  • In warmer gardening zones, divide your perennial plants.

What other gardening tasks are perfect for fall?

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Comments (5)

jessyjackson writes: Looks nice
Posted: 5:32 am on July 13th
TheGardenCloche writes: Nice complete list. I'm a pretty lucky when it comes to fall/winter since I live in the Southwest and the winters tend to be later and more mild. Makes it easier to get some late gardening done. I am going to build a tunnel cloche this year and see how effective they are. Last year we actually got quite a bit of snow and I don't want my plants to freeze to death.

Posted: 3:59 pm on October 26th
Ruth writes: Chris, thanks for posting this. There's not a lot to add here, but in cold climates we also drain our hoses and turn off the outside water, tidy up the firewood pile, put away the grill and patio chairs, and clean out the gutters. Fall gardening always seems more urgent to me than spring gardening because it all needs to get done before the earth freezes. In the spring, there's no hard deadline, so to speak.
Posted: 12:33 pm on October 25th
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: PuremanureTea: EXACTLY my thoughts, my friend!! One day everyone will also realize that fall/winter season gardening is just as fantastic as the spring/summer season.
Posted: 10:45 pm on October 23rd
PureManureTea writes: WOOT-WOOT love the push to make Fall/Winter gardening as well known as Spring gardening : )
Posted: 8:54 pm on October 23rd
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