Fall gardening can be an enjoyable time for making your new or existing plants grow. From shrubs, vegetables and or flowers, the combination is limitless.
- Decide what you’d like to grow.
- Choose your location.
- Layout and plan your garden beds.
- Grab some basic garden tools.
- Get some garden soil.
- Test your soil.
- Ready your soil for planting.
- Select the right seeds or transplants.
- Follow the instructions for planting with care.
In the DC Metro area, we have a host of plants we can grow.
How To Plant a Shrub
- Pick your area
- Paint where the plants will go
- Layout them out for your enjoyment
- Mix colors and heights
- Keep the shrubs 3 foot away from existing edge
- Stand back and admire your shrub layout
- Don’t be in a hurry, contemplate your vision, it’s okay to sleep on it.
- When your sure, dig the appropriate holes, the wider and deeper than the root ball
- Have some good soil on hand
- Place the shrub, twist, level and straighten
- Step back and check your work
- Once you are happy, place the excavated and enhanced soil around the root ball, lightly pack and make level.
- Place mulch (if you wish) over and around the shrub, don’t let the mulch touch the plant stem
- Provide water, keep moist and never over water
This is what landscapers do. Layout your shrubs and enhance your home. Use colors and heights and make your house a home. Local nurseries can provide you with options. Just be sure to layout the shrubs around your home before planting. This will help you visualize your landscape work and make adjustments prior to digging.
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A host of vegetables can be grown in our area. When it comes to preparing your vegetable garden, I suggest:
- Pick your area
- Make sure you have plenty of sun
- Layout and mark the garden area (use wood stakes or paint with string line)
- Stake out and fence off the area (provide protection from the pesky critters)
- Rototill the soil (go to your local tool rental store, use appropriate safety equipment)
- Additional gardening soil (secure local soil delivery from nearby supplier)
- Layout out the furrows (long trench for planting, I like mine straight)
- Plant the seeds or plants as per recommended instructions (keep the store bought package for reference)
- Provide good soak, keep moist, do not over water
- Check on plants regularly for disease and pests (get out there, stop, look and listen, get some fresh air)
- Ward off disease and pests with appropriate options (I like to look for organic, Mother Nature options before I use store bought products)
- Harvest when ready (enjoy the goodies)
Flower Can Provide So Much Beauty With All The Colors and Shapes
With Proper Planning You Can Have Year Round Color
- Annuals; these flowers last for one season.
- Perennials; regrow every Spring
A combination of these flowers can provide beautiful year round colors for your garden. There you have it, my take on fall gardening plants.
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