These Fall Homesteading Garden Tasks For Great Spring Garden will help clean up your gardening space, add essential trees and bulbs and turn nurtients into the soil to winter over. Yes, all these small jobs do really make a differnce towards growing delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
Fall means the start of holiday season, cooler temperatures, and festivals. It is also a great time to prepare your garden for spring.
Here are some essential tasks to ensure you do some excellent prepping for a beautiful garden.
September is too late to plant from seed,however, if you have cutoffs or shoots from a nursery, you can still plant some vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, kale, and broccoli.
Remove dead plants
Make sure your garden is protected from fungus and garden pests that tend to overwinter in the dead plants by clearing your garden of all dead plants.
Till the soil
Some gardeners will cry foul against tilling, and yes, there are a few drawbacks, however, tilling helps get your soil ready for planting a new garden bed quickly
To help you break up clumps of compacted soil, and to break up weeds and roots, tilling is incredibly useful. Also, tilling ensures that any hidden pupae of caterpillars and beetles are exposed and can then easily be rid of.
Plant trees and bulbs
Fall is the perfect time to plant bulbs to enjoy a beautiful bloom of daffodils and tulips in the spring. It is also a great time to plant shrubs and fruit trees.
Make row covers If you are planting a full garden in the fall, make sure there is sufficient frost protection. A simple fabric is an easy and convenient cover. You can also use plastic, but ensure that there is enough ventilation.
Mulch your garden beds
Mulching is important and multi-purpose, as it protects from soil erosion, decrease weed growth and adds organic matter. Mulch can be used in addition to cover crops should the cover crops not grow enough to cover the soil.
Prune trees and shrubs
Fall is the perfect time to prune all trees and shrubs because most have gone dormant and won’t start sprouting again.
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