As summer has come to an end, we are sure that your vegetable garden has too. However, if you want to extend your garden’s life and enjoy fresh vegetable for a few more weeks, now is the time to begin your fall gardening.
There are several vegetables that actually grow better in the fall because there are fewer insects, more rain, and little worry that your plants will bolt to seed. We have 4 tips for you to help achieve some success with your plants to help you enjoy delicious vegetables straight from your backyard. Let’s take a look at some fall gardening tips:
1. Clean up your garden:
It is time to pull up any dead or dying plants, let’s consider it “Fall Cleaning”. This includes, tomato vines, cucumber, squash, zucchini, and all your other vegetables that are dried up and no longer producing food. Make sure to remove any tomatoes, cucumbers, or other vegetables that have fallen to the ground and are rotting in the soil. This is also the perfect time to pull up any weeds that have invaded your garden!
2. Freshen up the mulch:
You’re going to want to freshen the garden soil up, and the easiest and most convenient way to do this, is to remove a layer of mulch. However, if lots of your mulch has decomposed during the summer season, you can just add a little bit more. It is highly suggested to add some compost to your garden before you plant your fall vegetables. Shredded leave and straw makes excellent mulch for vegetable gardens.
3. Prepare for winter:
If you have plans on using any type of protection for winter, like a cold frame or a hoop cover, it is best to put them in place now. Getting them ready early will guarantee that they are there and ready for when you need them.
4. Select Vegetables:
The process of choosing which vegetables you want in your fall garden is the same as when you chose for your summer garden. Research what types of vegetables can withstand the temperatures in your area and how much sunlight they will need. Here are a few good fall vegetables for the Okanagan fall weather: lettuce, spinach, chard, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale.
We hope that these 4 tips will put you on your way to creating an amazing fall garden! Happy Fall Gardening!
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