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Spring Vegetable Garden Fall Planting

Spring Vegetable Garden Fall Planting

Are you interested in spring gardening, but feel a bit burdened? you are not alone! There is so  much information about plants and schedules that it can be difficult to decide which vegetables to  plant and when. Many people are under the impression that they have to wait until spring to start  gardening, but this is not the case. Fall is a great time to start, as many vegetables are  overwintering! Here is a list of fall vegetables to plant and some tips to help you make your spring  vegetable garden a success!

Why fall planting works so well 

Contrary to popular belief, with proper planning and care, fall garden plants will thrive. This is  because the ground warms up in the fall, allowing plant roots to develop better. Because there are  fewer weeds growing on the ground in the fall, fall plants have less competition for important soil  nutrients and rain. And there are many vegetables that grow well in the fall and winter, so when  spring comes you can have a beautiful vegetable garden! 

When planting 

You can plant a few trees in winter, but fall garden plants will survive the winter and thrive in the  spring. So, it’s best to start fall plants about six weeks before the ground freezes. This date will  vary greatly depending on where you live and the temperature fluctuations in your area. When  deciding to plant a spring vegetable garden, consider when temperatures in your area typically  begin to drop (actually the beginning of winter). Then choose a location and fertilize the soil so  your fall plants have plenty of time to establish and thrive.

Related: 5 fall landscaping mistakes to avoid find here.

Getting started with alliums and root vegetables 

Investing in your own spring vegetable garden is exciting, but if this is your first year, try allium  vegetables (like onions, garlic, and shallots) and root vegetables (beets, carrots, and radishes).  These types of vegetables are firm enough for beginners to plant in the fall, increasing the chances  of a bountiful spring harvest. If the harvest is successful, you can plant more crops in the spring  vegetable garden the following fall. 

Start seeds indoors 

Now that you know how to start an outdoor spring garden this fall, it’s time to start gathering the  supplies and seeds you’ll need to create an indoor spring garden. 
As with outdoor fall gardens, it’s best to start the process about eight weeks before the first frost.  Use good quality seeds. Place the seeds in a planting tray with a small amount of potting soil and  plant food to ensure the seedlings get the nutrients they need for healthy growth. As long as you’re  not growing basil, cabbage, cilantro, eggplant, and tomatoes in freezing temperatures, growing  them indoors will increase the number of vegetables you can grow. Once the seedlings are well  established, you will need to provide them with consistent water and full sun (as needed). 
 
Related: How to winterize your landscape find here.
 

Brighten up the winter landscape

If you decide to start gardening this fall, consider adding plants that thrive in both fall and winter  to brighten up your winter landscape. In addition to your fall garden, consider adding the following  silver fall plants: 

  • ✓ Artemisia “silver king” 
  • ✓ Lavender 
  • ✓ Russian sage 
  • ✓ Yellow archangel 
  • ✓ Licorice 
  • ✓ Silver leaf poplar 

The Silver Fall plant is very attractive on its own, but it works especially well with many flowers  in the background, making the colorful annuals stand out. 
 
Silver plants can also help brighten shady areas that might be obscured by darker plants. The  silvery foliage provides a nice contrast when planted with other plants. Many experienced  gardeners use silver leaved plants in their gardens that can be admired in moonlight.

Busy with your fall garden?

Starting a fall garden can be very rewarding. It can also be a fun activity to do in the winter, giving you something to look forward to when spring arrives. It is not difficult to do this, but it takes time and effort to succeed.
If you’re busy with your fall and winter garden and need some extra landscaping help, RDK Landscaping are ready to jump in. Our full range of landscaping services  will ensure your fall garden and other landscaping looks its best. Visit us online find us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment!

 

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