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A Complete List Of Fall Plants

Summer might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean your gardening efforts have to follow suit. Just as there are plants that thrive in the summer, there are plants that thrive in the fall. The key to successful fall planting is to start early before the fall season begins in earnest. Here is a list of flowers and vegetables that will give you the most success in planting your fall garden.

Fall Plants

  1. Michaelmas Daisy
    This flower comes in shades of white, flower, blue, purple and pink. They start blooming in late August and continue until the start of winter. They blend especially well with other flowers, so if you’re looking for variety then this is a good pick.
  2. Blue Mist Shrub
    Blue Mist Shrubs are often found in perennial gardens. It starts to blossom in August and is particularly attractive to insects. They also come in yellow and other varieties.
  3. Turtlehead
    This flower gets its name from its shape when in blossom (like a turtlehead). It doesn’t thrive in dry conditions, but it comes into its own once things get damp. Fall showers will provide the perfect conditions for that.
  4. Chrysanthemums
    These are the staple flowers for any autumn garden. It’s a tough plant that is capable of thriving in most climates and can bloom at the end of the season. They respond pretty well to cutting and come in different varieties.
  5. Eupatorium
    This plant variety is considered weed, but newer varieties can be adapted to fit a garden. It makes a good backdrop for the rest of the garden bed. The “domesticated” variety doesn’t have the aggression of the wild varieties—it also comes in white.
  6. Helenium
    These flowers grow tall and hardy and they thrive best in cool soil and plenty of sun. These plants are ideal for areas with poor drainage.
  7. Perennial Sunflower
    This flower is best known for its brilliant gold and blooms in late summer or early fall. They are a tough variety and generally last long. They need lots of sun (5 hours per day), but can so well even in poor soil.
  8. False Sunflower
    As the name implies, the false sunflower looks very much like the perennial sunflower, but is not. It does bloom a bit earlier than its genuine counterpart and lasts for up to eight weeks.
  9. Stone Crop
    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant, the Stone Crop is as good as it gets. It maintains its look all year round with few problems (except deer). It’s a great addition to your garden and won’t cost much to maintain.
  10. Solidago
    This is one plant variety you don’t have to worry about getting too tall. When it reaches full bloom it begins to flop, but there are other varieties that are much sturdier.
  11. Broccoli
    This nutritious vegetable can be harvested in the fall. It is best to plant the seed in late summer for the best results.
  12. Brussels Sprouts
    This vegetable does well in chilly conditions, so it’s a pretty good addition to your garden—and your dinner table.
  13. Celeriac
    As with others, this root vegetable is best planted in late summer; what it lacks in attractiveness it makes up for in taste.
  14. Collards
    Collards are a green vegetable you shouldn’t leave out. For the best taste, harvest after frost exposure.
  15. Green Onions
    If you’re looking for a durable plant, green onions are a good bet. You don’t have to harvest them right away, as they can survive the winter.
  16. Kohlrabi
    This purple plant is a fast grower and thrives best in cool weather. It can become mature in as little as six weeks.
  17. Lettuce
    If you like to stock up on your salads, lettuce is a good option. Lettuce does pretty well in cool weather and makes a great addition to your dinner plate.
  18. Beets
    Beets are a good choice for fall harvest, but be sure to soak the seeds for quicker germination.
  19. Pumpkin
    What’s Halloween without pumpkin? This is another vegetable that can be planted in late summer for a fall harvest.
  20. Peas
    Another plant that thrives in cool weather, they can also grow pretty quickly.

Cool weather brings a great harvest if you plant the right stuff. Each plant variety has its own season and if you plant the right varieties, you can have a thriving garden for most of the year. Gardening takes work and you will also need tools. At Infinity Gardens, we have the tools and the advice to help you. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help your garden thrive, fall cleanup, or visit our website to check out our catalogue of products.

Sources:
15 Vegetables You Can Plant Now For Fall Harvest
Top Fall Blooming Flowers For Your Garden

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Getting Your Garden Ready For Fall And Winter

Summer is over and you will have to start preparing your garden for the cold weather. Cool temperatures don’t mean the end of harvesting—lots of plants thrive in the fall season. You can also take steps to ensure that you have some fertile ground for the next planting season. Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your garden in the coming fall and help it survive the cold winter.

Prepare Your Garden For Fall And Winter

Preparing For Autumn

Compost Correctly

Avoid composting pepper and tomato plants. They might still carry diseases and you don’t want it being passed into the soil. Also avoid composting damaged fruit seeds still on plants. What you should compost are chopped leaves and any other well-degraded organic material you have kept. In addition, the leaves can help prevent the soil from eroding. Use all the compost you have from the previous year (provided it’s safe) before you use new compost.

Get rid of weeds as soon as you can. If you leave them they will dig deeper roots and be even harder to remove next year.

Sweep out Your Garden

It’s important to clean your garden of debris. First remove the plants, then tackle any fallen leaves or branches and then disinfect. This keeps your garden free of disease.

Plant Cover Crops

Cover crops (also known as green manure) are plants that can actually preserve your garden until you are ready to plant. They control weeds, pests and diseases, as well as enriching the soil. They are easy to plant and require little care, but be sure to water them in times of draught and get rid of them before they become difficult to remove.

Plant Fall Vegetables

You can plant vegetables that thrive in cool temperatures and have a short growing season. There is a wide variety: beets, lettuce, broccoli … the list goes on. Pick the ones you prefer to eat.

Plant Evergreens

Evergreens make your garden look good year-round and give you something more than just snow. Sarcococca and Daphne are a couple plants you can look at—especially if you want flowers in the winter.

Net Ponds

If you have a pond, then make sure to cover it up from falling leaves. Neglecting this can turn your pond into a swamp, not to mention the work it takes to clean it up. Mesh and bricks are all you need to have the perfect covering.

Preparing For Winter

Winter can help or hurt your garden. The snow acts an insulator for the soil, much like mulch. On the other hand, if too much slow piles on evergreen branches then breakage occurs. Remove snow from the lower branches and let the snow piled on the upper ones melt.

Perennials

Trim perennials to soil-level after frost. This helps to remove pest eggs and disease. Don’t forget the compost. It acts as a valuable soil conditioner to kill pathogens and weed seeds. Also, prune diseased foliage from plants and make sure they are gathered and discarded.

Trees

If you’ve got young trees, protect the bark by surrounding them with wire or use commercial guard products. For evergreen trees use burlap screens to protect from the dry winter wind and sun.

Roses

Roses can be an especially complex job—how much you prepare depends on the severity of the winter. The first thing you need to do is to remove all mulch from beneath the roses, then spread fresh mulch around the base. To prevent rodents from nesting in the mulch, wait until the ground freezes to spread the mulch. Give the rose plenty of water. Pick roses that can survive the winter such as Chicago Peach or Double Delight.

Preserve Your Tools

When not in use, put away your garden tools in a safe place. This fall is the best time to carry out repairs and replace tools if necessary. If your shed is not secure, do some repairs and consider upgrading the security around it—this could include stronger locks or even an alarm system.

Preparing for the fall and winter is just as important as planting and harvesting. The more you prepare in the fall and winter, the better your harvest will be next year. Clear away all diseased shrubs and branches and use organic compost to get rich soil for next year. Plant the right crops that will last through the cool temperatures and harvest them at the right time. It’s good to get advice from a garden supplier about new tools and methods for gardening. For more information, visit our website and take a look at our product catalogue or send us a message. The best thing to do is to come in for a visit and talk to one of our staff.

Sources:
Preparing Your Garden For Winter
How To Plan an Autumn Kitchen Garden
Top Ten Autumn Tips to Prepare Your Garden For Winter

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