If you are an avid gardener, you might be trying to find great ways to prepare your garden for the winter. Using the resources from your own garden will prove to be your greatest asset. Leaves, dead plants, and compost are all you need to help enrich your soil for the upcoming spring. Here are 9 great tips for preparing your garden in the autumn for the winter.
There is something magical about fall. It seems to be a moment in time when trees and plants come to their truest splendor. Even if you are a die-hard summer fan, you have to admit the beauty of all that encompasses this amazing season. Or maybe it’s the pumpkin spice lattes, football games, warm sweaters and boots that make everyone love this season so much.
Regardless what makes you love fall, having your own home garden that lets you enjoy the changing beauty is worth the effort.
Imagine an array of bright yellows, dazzling burgundies, and stunning purple flowers placed elegantly around your yard this fall. Look no further than the amazing Chrysanthemum, nicked named “mum.”
Chrysanthemum plants are the perfect flower for fall. With their amazing range of fall colors, shapes, and sizes these mums will add that perfect pop of color and texture to your yard. They can be an amazing stand-alone plant that sits invitingly at your front door, placed lined up in a window box, or planted into the ground. They are sure to make any landscape shine.
Root vegetables are likely be one of the most underrated categories of vegetables for home gardeners. While most home gardens are filled with the typical tomato and cucumber plants, you might have a harder time finding gardens filled with rutabaga and turnips. The main reason might be that they can be intimidating. Unless you are accustomed to growing up eating dandelion root, you might just write it off as a weed and miss all the amazing benefits that make up this great veggie.
Did you know that you can bring paradise to your own backyard with a magnificent water garden?
Imagine yourself relaxing after a long day to the tranquil sounds of a running fountain and the lush beauty of the foliage that surrounds and engulfs your water garden.
A water garden is home to many beautiful plants that can transform your backyard into a true oasis. Adding water plants are essential to your water garden’s success as they help maintain a healthy and balanced ecosystem in your backyard pond.
What speaks summer more like the beautiful bright yellow colors of a soaring sunflower? With their sun-like appearance and towering height, they demand attention and appreciation. Their ability to grow in just about any soil makes them an easy, yet stunning addition to any home or business landscape.
Sunflowers are unique in that at first glance it looks like just one flower with the yellow petals circling around the inside. However, when you take a closer look, you will see that the inside of every sunflower is actually made up hundreds of tiny little flowers. These incredible flowers are dramatic and demand attention for all those who pass by.
As the summer begins to wind down, you can sense the door beginning to close on your sweet, home garden that you spent hours working on. Many might be under the impression that the growing season is over.
I’m here to share some great news – that is not the case. In fact, there are many vegetables that do best in cool climates. Planting mid to late summer can ensure that you will have a garden that continues to grow and providing you with rich nutrient veggies straight into the fall. With some planning you can have a vibrant fall garden.
As a child, I would walk along the streets of Houston, Texas planting acorn after acorn with my grandfather. He spent years of his life collecting hundreds of acorns and the trees he planted with his community gardening group still stand and continue to grow today. It seems right to garden alongside other human beings, as if that’s what people were made to do. Gardening, when shared with others, can be a special experience where people learn, bond, and create.
The first time I decided to add corn to my home garden, I was so excited. I had visions of warm summer nights eating dinner outside with fresh corn on our plates. I planted those seeds with great expectations. Hours were spent watering, weeding, and maintaining them.
As the corn began to grow, the joy of harvesting was mounting until one afternoon. I looked out our kitchen window and saw a squirrel peeling and chowing down on my home grown sweet corn. I was furious – all that work only to have my vegetable eaten by a squirrel.
There is something special about seeing a Monarch Butterfly cross your path. Its presence seems to demand all onlookers to stop whatever you are doing and observe its beautiful dance around yellow and purple wild flowers. It feels almost magical as it flutters around, lands, and then coasts off to the next desired spot.