Three Fall Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

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Three Fall Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

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I just shot the Friday News feature in the Florida morning heat. It was morning but already about 80 with HIGH humidity. I started sweating which was my cue to cut it short. It is still August after all. However…

 

Fall is coming! It’s a little hard to believe but in just a month Autumn officially arrives. Cooler temps are coming. Then winter will follow.

 

For the gardeners among us, this means the growing season is wrapping up. However, there are still many things to attend to, for now and for next spring. And now is the time to start the planning and put a little work in for better results in the future.

Old World Farm Gardens site posted three super tips for doing just that. Please read their original article on better growing, even through the fall season. Here’s a little summary:

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“One of the best ways to be sure to have a great garden next year is to avoid making fall gardening mistakes now!

Taking care of your garden in the fall can pay big dividends next year!

 

It’s hard to believe, but summer is coming to a close, and fall is right around the corner. It seems like only yesterday we were waiting for temperatures to warm up to plant. And in the blink of an eye, we now count the days until the first hard frost.

Many look at fall as a time to shut the garden down. In reality, its actually the time to set the stage for a great garden next season. In fact, what you do now will make all the difference to the fertility and productivity of your plants next spring and summer.”

 

The Three Mistakes to Avoid for a Better Year, Next Year:

 

One. Don’t let Plants Linger Past their Time

 

When the old plants begin to wither and dry up, it’s time to remove them – completely. Don’t waste time and energy with pruning. Don’t try to salvage the and keep ‘em going. Rip them up, roots and all.

Plants that are dying off are less resistant to disease and other problems. It’s better to let them go so they don’t cause greater problems. Plant disease and blight can stay in the soil (if not treated) for years. A problem that keeps on giving…

 

Then there is the issue of bug infestation and unwanted seeds, weeds, and other nuisances.

 

Take the problems out early and don’t deal with them again.

 

Two. Bare Soil.

 

Cover everything with mulch or other material.

 

Bare, uncovered ground is an invitation for weeds. Fight them off now.

 

Rake over the soil. You can use rye of some other annual crop to occupy the ground until next growing season. Cover crops go a long way towards maintaining healthy soil. Or you can just use cover.

 

The article has great ideas for rotating plants in and out as conditions change. Read them and follow to success.

 

All of this helps keep the garden area clean and productive. Next spring you can jump straight into planting with no worries.

 

Three. Disinfect and Clean Stakes, Cages, and Tools

 

Just propping the emblements against the fence won’t do. Remember that problems like plant disease can transfer through the soil from year to year, even if it’s just a little soil on the bottom of a tomato cage or the shovel.

 

Clean everything. Go as far as to use a little bleach in water to kill off any lingering bugs.

 

It’s a little work but it will pay off in April or May.

 

Carefully read through that original for all the great points and tips. You can be a super gardener, even if you’re just “farming” a small plot in the suburban backyard.

 

Get your green thumb on – even in the fall!

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