Fall Is For Planting

Fall Is For Planting

Spring offers up a new opportunity to get outside in the sunshine and warmth after the cold days of winter. It's time to head to your favorite nursery, and take in the new stock with the potential for all your needs. This is when you will have the best selection for the year, starting in early spring and ending early summer. 

But actually the best time to plant is in the fall. 

In the fall, the soil is warm and the climate has cooled. There are many advantages to fall planting. The roots will grow with the warm soil and get established before winter.

Warm soil encourages root growth and with shorter days and cooler weather the leaves and flowers start to shut down for the winter.

There is less need to water in the fall, the temperature is a bit cooler, and there is the possibility of rain.

There are less tasks to be done in the fall. Spring is a busy time of year for the garden. But in the fall the weeding is done, and pests have been dealt with and are on the decline. 

This is a great time to plant bulbs for spring color. Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Alliums and Crocus are a few of the most popular bulbs available in the fall from Breck’s, a major bulb supplier. There are many more.

Winter vegetables are less work, the weather is more forgiving. Try cabbage, kale, chard, parsnips, Brussels sprout and many more.

In the fall the nurseries will also be offering deals on plants before they swing into their winter mode. I do not rely on plants being on sale, but you might get lucky.

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