The Q&A Archives: Fall Planting

Question: We are purchasing a home and plan to move in the fall. I'm planning to grow vegetables, herbs, & flowers. Is there anything that needs to be planted in the fall?

Answer: Fall is a good time for planting most trees and shrubs and some herbs and perennials. The reason is that the soil stays warm enough for the roots to grow long after the tops of the plants have stalled and go dormant. Your choice however is often limited by what you can find available to purchase at that season. Most spring blooming bulbs (tulips, daffodils, crocus, etc.) must be planted in the fall and are only available then. Although many gardeners grow a fall vegetable garden, most things would need to be planted in late summer in order to mature during the cooler fall months. Fall is also an excellent time to work on soil preparation so your garden is all set the following spring. Good luck with your garden!

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