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.
- Clear up Debris
- 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!
- 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.
- Till & Mulch
- 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.
- Cover Crops
- 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.
- Plant Cool-Season Crops
- 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.
- Create a Garden Journal
- 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.
- Some Extra Tips
- There’s a whole lot more to do when preparing your garden for fall. Here are some extra tips for you listed below.
- Drain irrigation systems such as water hoses, jugs, soaker hoses, and more.
- Clean and repair your gardening tools.
- 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.
- Check your supplies and their expiry dates. Throw the ones that are not usable anymore.