Fall Is For Planting

I can see that I am going to have to watch this new WordPress format carefully. In addition to being really finicky about posting in advance, its autocorrect is horrific. I will tell it what I want, and it will go back and auto correct over me a second time. So if my posts seem crazy, I am still working the bugs out on my tablet.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, days are growing shorter, even if it hasn’t yet begun to cool down where you are.

With any luck, there has also been moisture where you are. That makes autumn the perfect time to plant. Obviously I am not talking about planting annuals, although in many places cool season annuals like pansies can over winter right into next spring.

Similarly ornamental cabbage and kale are hardy enough to survive as decorative plantings until it is time to replace them with warm season annuals.

I don’t live in such a place, but I can still plant many things in autumn for next season. One of the things that I tell people is to think about soil almost like a body of water. You know how a lake or the ocean is slow to warm in the spring, but in September the temperature of the water is still perfect for swimming.

The same is true for soil. Our garden soils are also slow to warm in spring as well so plants put into them in spring get a slow start.

But plants put in now, even though they will be going dormant shortly, are getting put into warm soil. There is less adjustment for them (provided you remember to water).

So it’s a great time to plant perennials, trees (if you can find the variety that you want) and shrubs. Again, you must remember to water, if nature isn’t doing it for you, until your ground freezes. Here, in my cool part of the world, that’s usually late November or early December.

On Monday we’ll talk a bit about spring flowering bulbs–which also must be planted now.

3 thoughts on “Fall Is For Planting

  1. tonytomeo September 5, 2020 / 2:50 am

    This is especially true in our chaparral climate with mild winters. There is not enough chill to bother much over winter, but dry warmth next spring and summer can be uncomfortable to plants that get planted then.

  2. The Chatsworth Lady September 5, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    I gave the new WordPress Editor a test run, instantly hated it, and switched it back to the Classic Editor as the default. Thank goodness they have not taken that option away from us!

  3. gardendaze September 5, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    I actually do like the new format for uploading photos, which I do a lot. It makes it much easier and nicer. But I feel like I am using an iPhone with the spelling. I will check it, correct it, and then go back to my published post and still find some horrific things. That never happened in the Classic editor. So I am torn now….


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