Fall gardening tips from a horticultural meteorologist...
For once, the past two weeks have been pretty uneventful. Rains have been a little light but nothing bad, save for a few heavy showers this morning. Temperatures have been near normal. Why we even have the good weather coming on the weekends now! This brings me to the week’s discussion: musings while working in the garden last weekend.
Fall Garden Issues
Each year I edge the flower beds out another 6 inches and fill in with local soil and compost. I figure in about 22 years the lawn will be gone! The one shock I got this year was edging around my maple and willow trees and discovering that their roots were reaching well into the lawn. I was horrified that I had cut the ends of the root system. While this probably will not be the end of the world it will set them back. I have pledged to stop planting in the near vicinity of them after this season.
There is work to be done though. If you have bulbs coming soon, you know what I mean, I have about 500 coming this season…what was I thinking? Mulching tender plants is in order soon to protect them from the winter cold. I will only be planting cabbages and kale for decorative winter plantings this year. I am giving up on pansies in my deer prone area. If anyone has any other winter planting ideas, I would love to hear them. Until two weeks from now, happy gardening!
Capital Weather Gang meteorologist David Streit is also an active gardener. He earned a certificate in landscape design from the USDA Graduate School and volunteered many years at the National Arboretum.