As the vibrant colors of summer begin to fade and the temperatures start to drop, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning your summer garden for the fall season. With a little planning and care, you can extend the life of your garden well into the cooler months.
Gardenuity makes the transition between summer and fall even more seamless with our amazing container gardens in the form of grow bags. Grow bags are an excellent option for transitioning plants from the outdoors to indoors, especially if you have limited space to grow.
Our grow bags provide good drainage and aeration for your plants’ roots. If you do have a full-fledged garden, you can even transplant your summer garden favorites into grow bags and bring them indoors when the weather becomes too cold.
Tips for Transitioning Your Garden for Fall:
Protecting from Frost:
Frost can damage or even kill your plants as the temperature drops. To protect your garden from frost, consider these measures…
Use frost cloth, burlap, old bedsheets, or similar materials to cover plants overnight when frost is expected. Make sure the cover extends all the way to the ground to trap heat from the soil.
Apply a layer of mulch around the base of your plants. Mulch helps to insulate the soil, retain moisture, and moderate temperature fluctuations.
Well-hydrated plants are more resilient to frost. Water your plants thoroughly before a frosty night to help them better withstand the cold.
If you’re planning to bring your plants indoors for the colder months, follow these steps…
Select plants that are suitable for indoor growing conditions. Some plants might struggle indoors due to insufficient light or humidity.
Before bringing your plants indoors, gradually acclimate them to lower light levels by placing them in a shady spot outdoors for a few hours each day.
Check your plants for pests before bringing them indoors. You don’t want to inadvertently introduce pests to your indoor space.
If you’re determined to keep your garden outdoors, consider these insulation methods…
- Cloches or Row Covers: These are individual protective covers that can be placed over plants to create a mini greenhouse effect. They trap heat and provide a barrier against cold winds.
- Cold Frames: A cold frame is a bottomless box with a transparent top that can be placed over plants. It acts as a small greenhouse and offers protection from the elements.
Adjusting Watering Practices:
As temperatures drop, plants generally require less water. Overwatering in the fall can lead to root rot. Monitor the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
Pruning and Deadheading:
Trimming back leggy growth and removing spent flowers can help your plants redirect their energy towards healthy growth and preparing for the next growing season.
Don’t forget that fall is an excellent time for planting certain crops and flowers that thrive in cooler temperatures. Consider adding some fall favorites like mums, pansies, kale, and ornamental cabbages to your garden.
By implementing these strategies, you can ensure a successful transition of your summer garden into the fall season. Whether you choose to bring your plants indoors or keep them outside with added protection, a little care and attention will go a long way in helping your garden thrive during this transitional period.