Autumn is the prefect time to work in your garden, whether it is a flower, fruit, or vegetable patch, there is plenty for you to do. Whether you are planning to continue with winter vegetables or revitalise the soil with nutrients there are essential steps that you should take now. Follow these simple gardening tips and you will be well on your way to a beautiful and productive growing season.
Protect and replace
Heavy growing seasons always leave the soil with a lack of vital nutrients. This often leads to poor growth if not replenished. Adding blood and bone, compost or pellets will help to rebalance and revitalise the ground.
Compost is also a great way to protect vegetation from colder weather while delivering a slow release of nutrients to the still growing plants. In addition to compost, mulch created from fallen leaves and grass clippings can also be used to produce the desired effects. A protective layer of compost, or mulch, will help to retain the heat within the soil and thus protect the delicate roots and stems of greenery.
Plant winter crops
Many people do not realise that their garden can continue to provide a wealth of vegetation for their consumption. Selecting vegetables and fruits which are accustomed to the chill will keep a constant flow of fresh produce in your home.
A few great examples are:
This is also a great time to plant fruit trees to reap the benefits later in spring.
Flowers and more flowers
If you also like to dabble in flowering gardens, during autumn is the time to plant your bulb flowers. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and other colorful flowers will soon be lining your walkways and surrounding your home.
If you do not like the extra effort that comes with bulb flowers, other selections such as pansies and violas are a delightful choice which will brighten your day.
Reap and sow
Harvest and dry pumpkins, squash and potatoes. Use this mild season to replenish lawns with grass seed to enjoy a richer, fuller yard.
Autumn provides you with a wealth of projects to beautify your yard and garden. These are just a few of the many gardening tips that will get of off to a great, late growing season.