Fall DIY Gardening Tips: How To Prepare Your Garden For Fall And For The Next Year (You will be proud of yourself!)

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Autumn is the perfect time to plant bulbs, perennials, and more, before winter sets in. Next spring, your new plants will get off to a stronger start. There’s a beautiful metaphor here, as gardening will help you relax and unwind. So it will also support your well-being. And it will give you a fresh start for next year and a project that you will be proud of to complete! 

Check these things below off your to-do list soon so that an unexpected early hard frost or snowfall doesn’t catch you by surprise. Then, sit back and start dreaming about next year’s garden to help you get through those darkest days of winter.  

1. Prune, snap, and chuck

It’s a cathartic exercise, as well as an essential part of a gardener’s repertoire. Swing the ax, snap those branches, and throw it all on the compost heap for an extra burst of eco-kudos.   

The more you cut back, the greater encouragement there is to for the plant to grow in the spring. It also helps the plant to survive the cold winter months when there are fewer leaves or branches to sustain on meager winter resources. 

2. Feed and amend your soil

Once you’ve cleaned up your garden, feed your soil. Fall is the best time to fertilize as there is ample time for compost, manure, mulch and store-bought organic fertilizers to break down and release nutrients into the soil before spring. 

You might want to get your soil tested to see if there are specific nutrients or amendments your soil could benefit from. Adjusting the PH balance of your soil correctly can make all the difference for your garden, and a soil test can help you determine exactly what your soil needs and how much of it.  

3. Save the Wild Things

Autumn is a trying time for the creatures who rely on titbits from the garden, so pitch in a little for them, too.   

Stock up on the bird feed, including overripe fruits and vegetables you will not eat yourself.  Take dormant (slow, or still) butterflies away from heated rooms or walls to non-heated places so they don’t emerge too early from their cycle. 

Don’t tidy up the garden too much. Leave some places for little birds and creatures to shelter, and for insects to nest.   

Plant a clump of conifers. Birds shelter and roost in evergreen conifers during the cold weather such as in winter or during storms.  

4. Refresh Your Vegetable Garden for Next Year

Whether you have an elaborate kitchen garden or a small patch for raising edible plants, things will start to slow down in fall as you harvest the last of your tasty bounty.  

You don’t need to wait until spring to start growing food again! Some crops will do well all winter long in milder climates, especially if grown in a greenhouse or under cover. Cold-loving winter greens like kale, collards, bok choyi, mustard greens and even lettuce can be grown into the winter, sometimes right into spring.  

Early autumn is the best time to plant winter veg for hearty soups and belly-warming stews. Cabbage, onions, broad beans, peas and broccoli are a great addition to the Pinterest-worthy squashes you’ll already be showing off to the neighbors. 

 

So – who says gardens are boring? With these autumn gardening tips, you’re on your way to creating a breathtaking yard!  

Gardening is an activity that is enjoyable for the entire family. Not only it can be an effective form of workout, but it can also benefit your mental health too. Spending time outside can help reduce depression, anger, and stress. Furthermore, gardening is good for you as it can help reduce the risk of diseases such as stroke and osteoporosis, as well as improving your immune system. 

And because we love gardening, we’ve put together a Program that will help you become creative, clear and inspired to design and DIY build your unique outdoor and garden space. Click here to learn more!

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