The cool fall season is starting up, and with it comes some important garden maintenance. Think of this as the offseason for next spring and use it to prepare your garden for prime time next season. These fall garden maintenance tips will help you make the most of the late planting season while getting your garden ready for next spring.
Prep Potted Plants
When it really starts to get cold you’ll want to bring any potted plants inside, just make sure they aren’t bringing any unwanted guests with them. First, flush the soil a few times to wash out ants and other pests. Wait a couple minutes between each watering. Next, clear out any dead or browning leaves to get rid of any food for pests. Finally, apply fresh mulch to keep gnats out of the house.
You’ve probably been running in and out of your garden shed so much this spring and summer that it’s gotten a little messy and disorganized in there. Take advantage of the cool weather and clean out that shed and organize it. Be sure to clean off all of your tools and equipment, too, since they most likely won’t be used again until next spring.
Plant Fall Herbs
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t plant anything. Herbs like cilantro, chives, dill and parsley can be planted in late summer or very early fall and harvested within a few weeks. Once it gets too cold outside for these herbs, bring them inside and grow them year-round with an indoor herb garden.
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