What to Plant in the Fall

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Many people think that planting is reserved for spring. But there are lots of plants that benefit from being planted in the fall. Here are some suggestions for fall planting:

Pansies
These dainty plants prefer cooler weather. So plant them in the fall, and they’ll flower again in the spring!

Vegetables
Hot weather isn’t good for most vegetables, so get some beautiful fresh veggies out of your garden during the fall. Plant greens like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce and spinach, or favourites like carrots, radishes and rutabaga. Make sure to protect these from the frost with a cold frame, which will still allow light to shine through and provide them with the nutrients they need.

Turfgrass
Fall is the best time to lay turf, because it’s the best time of year for it to establish properly and it will be greener in the spring. Plant ornamental grasses this time of year, like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass.

Trees and Shrubs
Cool weather is perfect for planting trees and shrubs, and fall is great because the soil hasn’t frozen yet so the roots have time to grow. Make sure they’re well watered before the ground freezes, and before they go dormant for the winter.

Perennials
Fall is a great time of year to plant perennials, especially those with large root balls. Peonies and irises, especially, should be planted in the fall. Like shrubs and trees, make sure these plants are well watered before the ground freezes to maintain healthy and strong roots.

Knowing when to plant certain plants will mean you get the best out of them when they’re in season!

 

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