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.
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.
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.
Fall is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs like
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
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If you have any fall gardening tips - we'd love for you to share!