6 Simple Fall Gardening Tips to Make Your Garden Grow (PHOTOS)

Eunice Park | Sep 22, 2015 Home & Garden

wheelbarrow fall gardeningThe days are getting shorter and the nights chillier, but don’t put your gardening tools away yet! There’s plenty of garden tending you can and should do in the fall months.

There still plenty of time to enjoy your garden, and fall is also the perfect time to prepare your beds, plants, and trees for the winter months -- and ultimately for a healthy spring growing season!

Click through for some helpful fall gardening tips from our experts.

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  • Plant Fall Vegetables

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    Looking for fall vegetables that you can enjoy until Thanksgiving or even Christmas? Plant cool weather vegetables such as kale, lettuce, and spinach or root vegetables like turnips. Warm soil temperatures and cool nights limit evaporation from the soil, creating an ideal environment for germinating seeds of cool weather veggies.

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  • Deep Water

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    Deep watering your trees in the autumn can help protect them in the winter. When the ground is frozen in the winter, trees can’t access water, and deep watering encourages proper root growth. 

    A simple tip for deep watering your trees: Take a 15-gallon planter like the ones that trees come in from the nursery and put a plastic garbage bag over it. Make a tiny hole -- using a nail -- that’s no bigger than a pinhole into the bag, and the water will flow very slow for a long time, says Rebecca Pollon, a landscape designer with Hortisculpture Landscape Design.

  • Nourish Your Soil

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    It’s important to nourish your garden soil for the next growing season. “Without healthy soil, it's impossible to have healthy plants, and without healthy plants, it's impossible to ‘grow’ healthy people,” says Aaron von Frank, co-founder and CEO of GrowJourney, a seed of the month club.

    In the fall, add mulch to your soil surface to block weeds, feed your soil, regulate your soil temps, and optimize soil moisture. During the winter months, the mulch breaks down and nourishes the soil, keeping it healthy. Top-dress your garden beds with three to six inches of wood chip mulch
 and the soil microorganisms will help improve moisture and reduce soil erosion.

  • Recycle

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    When getting your fall gardening prep organized, consider all the useful (and recycled!) items you already have around your home.

    Use empty egg cartons to store seeds you have harvested. Having seeds sorted before spring helps you be ready-to-go for the upcoming planting season. Egg cartons can also be used to create an instant seed starter by poking holes in each egg compartment and adding potting soil. 

  • Reuse & Repurpose

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    Many of the jars and containers you throw in the recycling bin can actually be reused over and over before you toss them. 

    John Toepfer, co-founder of Blooming Secrets, likes reusing coffee containers because their size allows for multiple uses. “They can be used to organize tools, collect and store seeds, and as a container to mix soil and grass seed together to use in filling bare spots in the lawn. You can even use them as a container to grow herbs,” he says. "The fact that they are plastic means they are durable and can be used for many years.”

  • Prepare for Spring Blooms

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    Planting daffodils, tulips, crocus, and hyacinths in the fall before the soil freezes helps these flowers to establish strong roots for the winter and allows them to grow and bloom properly in the spring. In warmer climates, the bulbs need cooler temperatures that your soil can't provide. Storing the bulbs in the refrigerator for six weeks will provide the cool temperatures that these bulbs naturally require.

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