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Fall Garden Tips

By: H. Iacobacci-Miller

Now that the dog days of summer have passed, it's time to start thinking about a few fall gardening chores. Fall is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs, divide perennials as well as move your houseplants and herbs indoors.

Herbs Indoors
Fall doesn't mean you have to forego fresh herbs; simply bring them indoors! Not all herbs will grow indoors, so be sure to read up and then select the appropriate varieties such as thyme, rosemary or even parsley. It is important that they receive enough sunlight, so place them in a location that receives approximately 6 hours of sunlight. Remember, some herbs will require less sunlight. During the fall and winter months, your herbs won't require as much water, however, misting will keep them happy!

Move Houseplants Indoors
Don't wait until you start getting a frost to move your houseplants indoors. You will want to bring them indoors when the outside temperature is similar to that of your inside temperature. Basically, if you are comfortable leaving the windows open, then it might be a good time to go ahead and start acclimating your plants back to the indoors. While your plants were outdoors, it's possible they acquired pests such as ants. To get rid of pests, treat with a mild insecticide. It is also a good idea to wash the leaves of your houseplants with a mixture of mild soap and water. As with your herbs, most houseplants will not require as much watering during the colder months.

Divide Perennials
Approximately 6 weeks before the first hard freeze is expected is a good time to think about dividing some of your crowded spring perennials. It is a good idea to know your plants though since not all perennials need to be divided.

Daffodils Mixed
Planting Bulbs
Fall is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils . Now is also the perfect time for bulb feed or bone meal.

Digging up Bulbs
Just after the first hard freeze, it's time to dig up summer bulbs such as gladiolus. As always, get to know about your bulbs or plants first.

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