Prepare Your Garden for Fall Vegetables!

fall-crops-2Fall is the beginning of a wonderful gardening season. It’s the opportunity to grow tasty veggies that can handle and thrive in the fall and winter season. Beginning now, before the evenings get chilly, start getting your garden ready! Success begins with preparation. Fabulous home grown cool weather salads and sides are just around the corner.

Ready to get started? Here is how!

Tidy Up:
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Get rid of weeds! Get in there and start pulling. Pull up as much of the roots as possible.
•  If your plants are done for the season – remove them! Spent plants can carry disease and pests.
•  Remove fallen fruits and vegetables. Rotting attracts pests.

Freshen up your soil: Remove any mulch and add new soil for the new season.  Adding mushroom compost, Fafard® Planting Mixture, and maybe even a little hen manure to your existing soil will really get the nutrients flowing! Want to try organic – choose Happy Frog Soil Conditioner to add to your soil (or alone in a raised bed garden).  Happy Frog Soil Conditioner is made up of pH-balanced aged forest products, earthworm castings, and bat guano, not to mention beneficial microbes that stimulate root development and help plants access nutrients in the soil.  It also has humic acid to help increase the uptake of important micronutrients.  Tilling the new amendments into the existing soil is the best way to loosen the soil for root growth.  You can churn with a shovel or use a tiller to create an optimum growing environment.  

Rake everything smooth: Get that garden looking great! Smoothing out the soil is beneficial for a number of reasons.  It’s easier to keep an eye out for weeds popping up.  Churning up the soil can cause dormant weed seeds to sprout so keep them at bay every day.  Rows are easier to lay out in a smooth garden.  Water won’t puddle and attract pests. And of course, it looks really great, pat yourself on the back and get ready to plant those delicious fall vegetables.

A little note when planting your veggies:  Don’t forget the Espoma BioTone Plus Starter fertilizer to get your new plants off to the best possible start.  To use this amazing root simulator, dig the holes for your plants, add as directed on the package, place your plants in the hole, cover the roots with dirt, and watch your veggies grow!

Need help with any of these steps? Connect with our team at The Family Tree Garden Center and we can give you advice on each step!

Great vegetables for Fall: 

  • lettuce
  • asparagus
  • cabbage
  • bok choy
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • peas
  • radish
  • spinach
  • bush beans

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

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