Learn How to Transition Your Garden to Keep it in Tip Top Shape
Now that the summer growing season is over, many “GIY’ers” (that’s “grow it yourself-ers”) are looking for advice on how to transition their gardens and maintain nourishment through the fall. Here are some tips and ideas around what you can do now from The Dirt on Dirtâ„¢ community – like composting weeds, adding mulch, and checking the pH level in the soil – to ensure a healthy garden that survives through the autumn and winter, and thrives next spring.
Fall Gardening Tips
1. Check your pH. Your soil pH can reflect the success of your crops. Most vegetables like a slightly acidic soil pH. The ideal range is between 6.3 and 6.9 (on a scale from 1 to 14). If your soil has a pH under this range, add lime to your soil this fall. If the soil is too alkaline (above 7.5), you could add elemental sulfur to your beds to lower the pH.
2. Compost any vegetables that have stopped fruiting, weeds, and decaying leaves that are gathering in your planting beds. Be sure not to place weeds that have become seed into your compost, or weeds will grow! If you are growing heirloom plants, saving the seeds from these plants can be kept in a cool, dry place for the next growing period.
3. Apply Arborjet’s NutriRoot Liquid Soil Applied Fertilizer at planting or to mature landscapes to allow adequate water absorption for the roots and to boost root growth. It can be applied monthly throughout the growing season, particularly in hot, dry months to lessen water stress in trees and landscape plants. In northern regions, also apply in the fall before winter begins.
4. Choose a great location. Shorter days mean fewer hours of sunlight for veggies. For new veggies, pick a location within your existing garden that doesn’t include still-maturing vegetables. Then the new plants won’t be competing with established plants for water and nutrients.
5. Add mulch around the sprouts of cool-season vegetables to provide abundant moisture. Lettuce for instance prefers moisture, without it, it can be bitter.
6. Sift and Rake. By gently sifting the bedding soil and raking in a soil amendment, like a composted organic material with ARBORChar All Purpose Grow, cool-season plants can gain the nutrients they need to grow and it prepares your soil for spring plantings.
7. Place one to two inches of compost or manure on top of your beds to help penetrate the soil with nutrients for the next season. In addition, you can add an additional layer of a lighter organic material (like straw) on top to prevent early spring weeds and nutrients from leaving.
8. If planting new vegetables, consider checking the Old Farmer’s Almanac for the first frost dates in your region.
10. Timing is everything. If your schedule permits, plant cool-season crops every two weeks. That way you may harvest on an ongoing basis when the temperature stays moderate.
By implementing these gardening tips, your garden should be well prepared for the season transition! For more great gardening tips and to learn more about Arborjet’s new natural and organic home gardening products visit The Dirt On Dirt community where gardeners come together to educate, empower, and motivate others to cultivate their own gardens, provide food for their families and of course get dirty!