After a fantastic first growing season, fall is a stressful time, especially for the most enthusiastic gardeners. We had an all-time breaking heat wave, again last week, so the garden is looking skeletal. With the nasty wind coming from the northwest, we are going to need all the help we can get.
Fortunately, even a vegetable garden requires a few maintenance jobs every year. We had a good summer, so we have a lot of flowers, fruit trees and shrubs. But now the bugs are coming and the leaves are dropping off and we need to take care of them and the fallen debris.
You will need to stay vigilant about mowing the grass, keeping the groundmovers fed, fertilizing and watering your garden this fall. You will need to bring in woody fruit trees that need a nice fall foliage. Have a flowerpot handy to help control slugs and snails.
Until the early fall, get your soil tested. The soil depth of your garden can be compared to the level in the roots of your plants. If you don’t get the soil tested, you can become concerned if things are not growing well or if you think there is anything wrong with your soil. If you want to know if your soil will sustain your food garden, let a professional do the test.
The spring pollinators are still active. Keep watch on the bees and butterflies that have been active in your garden over the summer. They are still sending pollen and nectar to their friends. If you see them, take a photo and send it to me to check.
As for pests, your houseplants could be under siege. Green house plants need a helping hand. They usually use too much room. Try to find something in the house to move. The kitchen cabinets are usually big enough. Make sure the plants don’t complain and do not over-compensate. Another option is just to give up.
A new garden is a blank canvas to do anything you want to it, so enjoy your garden and let nature do its part.