Fall In Love With These Gardening Ideas

by | Sep 23, 2019 | Spotlight

The beginning of fall brings with it a vast array of different vegetables and plants that can spice up your autumn season. The chilly weather can set the perfect stage for plants that bloom beautifully in spring, and several vegetables have a quick enough turnover time that you can plant them in the fall time and enjoy them within the same season. The cooler temperatures provide the perfect environment for crisp, sweet vegetables alongside beautiful flowers that combine both deliciousness and aesthetic beauty as we transition into the colder portion of the year.
For those who dread the higher temperatures and scorching heat of summertime, the coming of the fall season gives you ample time to get many of your gardening chores done before the chilly wintertime arrives. Autumn is a wonderful time to take advantage of the more tepid, pleasant temperatures outside and make sure everything is set for the coming winter and spring seasons.

VEGETABLES
Beets – Because beets are inherently adapted to grow in cooler temperatures, they’re ideal to plant in late summer/early fall. They thrive in soils with higher pH levels (between 6.0 and 7.5 is ideal) and can even grow strong in partially shady areas. They’re high in fiber and levels of Vitamin A and C, making them easy to plant and a beneficial addition to anyone’s diet.
Cilantro – A popular herb with a versatile range of uses, cilantro is a hardy choice that does well when planted in either early spring or fall, and they can grow in full sun or partial shade. Cilantro does well in milder temperatures and thrives in light, moist soil, making it the perfect plant for your fall time garden.
Carrots – The beauty of planting carrots lies in this vegetable’s ability to grow in soil temperature anywhere between 45 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Though carrots can be planted anytime of the year, they tend to end up crispier and crunchier when grown amidst the cooler temperatures of autumn, and are typically ready for harvesting two to three months after they’ve been planted.
Kale – As with all autumn vegetables, cooler temperatures enhance the crisp, nutty flavor of kale when planted later in the year. Because kale is able to withstand colder climates, it makes a wonderful addition to any vegetable garden, and flourishes in soils with a pH level between 6.5 to 6.8. Kale makes a wonderful addition to any kitchen, so once your plants have finished growing, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the endless ways in which kale can be integrated into your recipe book.

FLOWERS
Chrysanthemums: Santa Clarita’s milder temperatures in autumn and winter make it the perfect location to grow chrysanthemums! Though they can be planted at almost any point in the year, late August and early September are the perfect times to plant chrysanthemums. The earlier mums are planted, the longer they have to grow and develop strong roots, which helps combat the colder temperatures of the coming winter. A great benefit of growing mums is this plant’s potential for beautiful table décor!
Pansies: Planting pansies in mid-autumn, around September, helps ensure a beautiful growth towards the end of the year. Pansies do best in soil that ranges from 45 degrees to 65 degrees, marking it as one of the prettiest flowers to plant towards the end of the year. SCV’s mild winters give pansies the perfect climate for flowering, and the lack of frigid, single-digit temperatures allow for you to enjoy a beautiful flower garden featuring pansies and other perennials.
Tulips: Tulips do best when planted in soils below 60 degrees, so the ideal time to plant them is amidst the late fall/early winter temperatures that accompany the last few months of the year. Your garden will yield beautiful tulips by the springtime when planted in the cooler portion of the year, and they’re ideal for creating borders and for adding a little bit of color to your rock gardens.
Asters: Asters do best in areas with cool night temperatures, though they can still bloom beautifully when they’re placed away from the beaming mid-day sun. Asters can be planted in areas with partial sun, and with regular watering, they can quickly become a lovely addition to your garden. Santa Clarita’s modest wintertime temperatures provide the perfect setting for growing asters (among other gorgeous plants), so take advantage of it this fall season!

TIPS
Fall is the best time to fertilize! In general, September is the perfect time for fertilizing your lawn or garden. You’ll want to avoid waiting until the chilliest temperatures of the season arrive, and reserve your fertilizing for just before the brunt of winter moves in on us. Fertilizing in fall leads to brighter winter colors for your flowers and enhanced grass growth in the springtime. One important thing to keep in mind is ensuring that you don’t over fertilize, which can cause more problems than it solves – when in doubt, under-fertilize!
Clean out gutters – The end of fall brings about the final falling of leaves in your backyard and outdoor spaces. Cleaning out your gutters in fall helps avoid the nasty complications of dealing with wet leaves that accompany the harsh rainstorms of winter, which quickly become a hassle once they start clogging up your gutters! Leaf blowers, power washes, and wet/dry vacuums are all viable options for clearing out your gutters and removing any debris, but if you don’t have any of the above handy, hand-cleaning gutters is oftentimes equally as effective!
Divide bulbs – Fall is the ideal time of year to divide perennial bulbs. This allows the plants to develop much stronger root systems – an absolute must for plants to weather the blistering heat of the coming summer. This time of year is perfect for dividing because plants tend to direct more energy towards root growth rather than top growth, ensuring that they will quickly reattach themselves underground as opposed to dividing at other points in the year.
Remove any plant debris – Removing plant debris in fall greatly reduces the risk of wintertime diseases and insects flocking to your garden. Remove dead plants and any other failed foliage – it will help give your garden a fresh start for those new spring and summer flowers, fruits, and vegetables you’re gearing up to plant. Take some time to clean out any pots housing dead plants or other debris as well to ensure that your fall garden cleaning spree is as effective as possible!

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