It’s almost Fall and there’s lots to do in the garden to make sure you get everything you’ll need for the fall harvest and winter.
- Seed a fall crop of peas and spinach and keep harvesting. There’s always something to make with zucchini.
- Pick herbs for fresh use and for drying. Harvesting will keep them growing longer.
- Order spring bulbs for planting and forcing.
- Check that your mulch hasn’t decomposed and add more as needed.
- Spread a mid-season layer of compost or manure.
- Keep deadheading and harvesting.
- Leave some annual seeds to self-sow.
- Start saving seeds and taking cuttings.
- Remove any diseased foliage now, so it doesn’t get lost in the fall leaves.
- Cut back the foliage of early bloomers like Brunnera and hardy geraniums, to revitalize the plants.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs as the flowers fade.
- Trim and feed handing baskets to prolong their beauty.
- Take pictures of your garden at peak. Take pictures of container combinations you’d like to repeat.
- Make sure the cold frame is ready to go.
- Begin dividing perennials. Start with the bearded iris.
- Pot up perennial divisions for spring plant swaps. Sink the pots into the ground this fall and they’ll be one less chore in the spring.
- Plant trees, shrubs and perennials now, so they can take root, and keep them well watered.
- Get your fall-blooming crocus and colchicum planted so they’ll bloom on time.
Zones 1 – 3
- Start moving houseplants back indoors, so they get used to the limited sun exposure and humidity. Maybe bring some outdoor plants inside, to over winter, too.
Zone 8 and Above
- Begin planting for the fall/winter vegetable garden.
- Plant a spring crop of garlic.
- Get the rose garden in shape for fall planting.
- Order spring flowering bulbs for pre-chilling.
- Feed citrus trees after harvest.