Seven Important Tips on Preparing Your Garden for Fall

Summer is almost done and the fall season is slowly approaching to take over. What’s best to do during this time of the year is to prepare your garden before this transitional season arrives. No matter where you live, here are seven fall gardening tips for the gardener in you.

  1. Clear up Debris
  2. Diseased plants are everywhere and it’s better to clear your garden from such before starting anew. Don’t mix these diseased plants as they can incubate in your compost. Instead, pile them up and burn them away. If you see some healthy looking plant debris, incorporate them to your garden soil to breathe life into it. When you do, it improves drainage, gives oxygen, and relieves compaction and enriches the soil. You can also feed them to your farm animals too!

  3. Fertilize
  4. If you want to greatly enhance your garden soil, avoid using chemicals as a way to fertilize them. Instead, use compost soil, compost tea, cover crops, or animal manure (especially from cows). During summer, your garden soil has used much of its energy and nutrition to give you fresh produce. This fall, it’s time to repay them by fertilizing and enriching it. With lots of fertilizers available around, choose the organic one if you don’t know how to make your own compost, etc.

  5. Till & Mulch
  6. One way to till your garden soil is to let your chickens out and play around on it. Chickens like to scratch the soil and once they do, it fertilizes the soil, removes extra debris, and tills it. Not only that, but chickens are also great hunters thus removing unwanted bugs and pests out of your garden. Once your chickens are done doing their thing, add organic fertilizer to the soil paired with a fresh layer of mulch.

  7. Cover Crops
  8. Crop covering is one way to enrich and protect your garden soil. You can make use of different types of plants for covering crops. Buckwheat goes on top of the list as it can greatly enrich your soil and makes beautiful flowers. Cover crops can boost the organic matter of your soil, thus protecting it against erosion.

  9. Plant Cool-Season Crops
  10. Planting crops that are made for the colder season is one way to enhance soil integrity and create healthy crops. Some cool-season crops such as broccoli, cabbage, beets, carrots, turnip, collard greens are ideal for your garden.

  11. Create a Garden Journal
  12. Having a garden journal is a recipe for success. It helps you keep track of your crops, record important gardening tips and more. So create a garden journal before starting your fall gardening journey.
  13. Some Extra Tips
  14. There’s a whole lot more to do when preparing your garden for fall. Here are some extra tips for you listed below.
  15. Drain irrigation systems such as water hoses, jugs, soaker hoses, and more.
  16. Clean and repair your gardening tools.
  17. Organize your stock and storage. If ever you need to purchase a specific gardening tool, check if it is necessary and useful for your garden.
  18. Check your supplies and their expiry dates. Throw the ones that are not usable anymore.

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