5 Smart Ways to Start Your Fall Garden Now

Lucy Mercer
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It’s possible to have a seamless transition from summer to fall gardening with a little bit of organization.

Begin now for a bounty of fall greens and root vegetable crops.

 

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1. Select seeds that will mature before your first frost date in fall. Look up your region’s median frost date at Bonnie Plants.

 

Seeds | The Home Depot's Garden Club

2. Start seeds indoors in trays. Use peat pots with seed starting mix or a seed starting greenhouse and pellets. Thin seedlings when they are several inches high, according to package directions.

 

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3. Refresh garden beds. Clean up your garden beds, pulling out debris from expired crops and trimming up plants that are nearing the end of their season. Work compost, composted manure or fertilizer into the soil to a depth of about 2 inches.

 

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4. Transplant seedlings when they have their true leaves, which appear after the cotyledon, the first leaves that feed the growing plant. Give seedlings a good blanket of mulch to keep them protected as the nights grow cooler.

 

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5. Row covers. These protective covers will keep your seedlings safe from pests like cabbage worms and deer, and from plunging nighttime temperatures.

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