Fall Planting For Spring Flowers & Winter Eats


I can tell fall is riiiight around the corner, but it isn't because the trees are changing color, or because there's a chill in the air.  I can tell because my mailbox is full of fall edition garden catalogs! 

That means it’s juuuust about time to start planning ahead for next spring.  And, well, even for the winter.

Keep reading to see why fall is the perfect time to plan for next spring, and how you can even extend you veggie garden's productivity into the winter!

Early to Bloom Means Hard at Work in the Fall and Winter

Most everyone is familiar with early spring flowers like daffodils, tulips, and crocus. These are some of the very first plants to bloom, a sure sign that warmer days are ahead.  But the thing is, almost any plant that blooms that early has either set its buds before winter (trees and shrubs, looking at you) or has been busy establishing itself underground during the winter.  That means you need to plant most of these flowers (well, bulbs and corms and such, actually) now.

Planting Perennials in the Fall?  Yes!

But it’s not just the standard early spring bloomers that can be planted now. It’s also perfectly fine to plant perennials, provided you give them enough time to establish a good root system before the ground freezes. This is good news, because, at least where I live, there are some great deals on perennials by the end of summer.  Of course, selection at your local big box store or greenhouse may be more limited, in which case you might consider ordering it from a company like White Flower Farm or Gurneys.

Cool Weather Crops = Winter Time Eats

If you'd like to extend the vegetable gardening season well into the winter time, fall is definitely the time to plan and plant!  Most cool weather crops, like peas, lettuce, onions, kale, and the like can be planted in the fall and harvested into winter. 

If you add a cold frame to your vegetable garden, you can extend that harvest well into the snowy season!

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