I started my fall gardening series back in early September, when it really wasn’t fall in most areas of the country and most of us didn’t want to think about fall yet. That, and the fact that I’ve had lots of new subscribers in the last few weeks, I decided to share a recap of my fall gardening posts and note my progress.
Are you done with fall cleanup of your gardens? I’ve done some, but in the next few weeks, I need to finish pulling my annuals and cutting back perennials. We’ve had such perfect weather for the month of October, and despite not being deadheaded in a few weeks, lots of my flowers still look good. So, I just hate to end their lives before frost does. I do give some great tips for getting those fall cleanup tasks done fairly quickly and simply, so be sure to check it out.
Have you planted bulbs yet? It’s not too late to do so, even in my zone 4 gardens. If you take the time to plant now, come spring you’ll be so happy you did. In this post, I give some easy tips for planting bulbs. I’ve planted about 60 – 70 daffodil bulbs so far, but I have a couple hundred more to go. I’m planting tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, anemone, allium and a few others.
In this post I talk about collecting seeds, overwintering tender bulbs and overwintering zonal geraniums. I think of all the fall gardening posts, this one is the most important. If you don’t collect seeds in the fall, pull your tender bulbs to overwinter, or overwinter zonal geraniums, you just lose them. Sure, it’s not the end of gardening if you don’t get it done and there’s been many years when I didn’t get to it. However, I have to say it’s such a gratifying feeling when you’ve saved these plants or seeds and you get fresh, new plants the following spring for free.
Because this is my first year in my new gardens, I decided not to divide many perennials. There are still two barberry shrubs and a ninebark that I need to plant. There’s a peony that needs to be moved to a sunnier spot. I also have a huge bleeding heart that I would like to divide. The list could go on and on, but I’m going to be realistic and say its probably just not going to happen.
That’s it for my fall gardening recap. How is your fall going? Are you getting much gardening done? Right now, I’m weary of gardening because I have lots of other things to do, but in a few short months I’ll be wishing I could get out there. So with this fall gardening recap, I’m challenging myself and you to get out there and get as much done while we still can. Feel free to hang out for a bit and have a look around Gingham Gardens. Do some sharing on Facebook and Pinterest, and leave a comment. Thanks a bunch for stopping by!
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