Autumn has officially set in! With leaves crunching underfoot, temperatures dropping, and pumpkin spice everything, the garden is starting to look more orange than green. October is the month of the year where we begin to clean up this past year’s garden and plant for next year. But November is really when we put the garden to sleep for the winter
Gardening in Late Autumn
Bulb planting season is just about over with the ground cooling down. But that isn’t the end of the gardening responsibilities for the year!
Cleaning up the falling leaves and replacing mulch is up next. It’s almost therapeutic to hearing leaves crunch when walking through them, however, it’s best to get them up off your lawn and into your compost pile or leaf drive bags. Letting leaves rot on your lawn can cause the grass to die underneath. Collect your leaves and get them to the Leaf Drop to help keep bags and leaves out of the landfills and to compost them instead. As for mulch, putting a fresh layer over your garden bed will help your yard look much more kempt and will aid in keeping as much moisture in the ground as possible. Don’t remove the old mulch since it contributes to adding nutrients to the ground as it decomposes as well! When temperatures warm, be sure to adjust the mulch for what your garden needs. Ask us for more specific information if you need it!
A common misconception about fall garden cleanup is that pruning is included. DO NOT PRUNE DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR. Cutting away the dying bits of your plants will not allow them to go dormant for the winter time. Instead, they think that they need to be sending vitamins and water to the ends which have been cut. Pruning and cutting back is very important but it has to wait until later in the winter or very early spring. That is the recommended time to trim back the dead bits and allow the plant to start to come back for the warmer months.
Decorating Indoors & Out for the Autumn Holidays
When you think of fall décor, the staples come to mind. Indian corn, pumpkin everything, and prairie grasses. Year after year these beautiful go-to ideas bring the warmth and color of autumn into your home and porches. But what about trying something new?
Have you ever thought about decorative vegetables? Yes, ornamental kale, peppers, purple cabbage, and a few varieties of lettuce are beautiful additions to your garden or patio pots. They add diversity to your fall foliage and decoration. Note that many of these aren’t great for eating or are not edible at all. But throw them into a patio or indoor pot with some pansies and ornamental grass for a lovely autumn display.
Along with different plants for your garden, 2017 saw a lot indoor plant DIY projects and succulents in pumpkins in the Instagram and Pinterest feeds. The ideas may have been a bit of a 70’s throwback with large statement plants and natural materials, a trend which will carry on in to the next year as well. House plants and garden designs have been moving a bit towards the retro look of the 1970s in a really elegant way. Pair that idea with a Swedish minimalistic color scheme and your garden will be trending on all platforms.
Food for Thought
Autumn is the time for pumpkins, squashes, and apples. Root vegetables and warm spices are also on the menu. Whether you prefer hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte you can’t deny the comfort that these foods bring when the weather turns cooler.
One of our favorite recipes is a quick butternut squash soup. Six ingredients:
1 Butternut squash
1 medium onion
2 cups of vegetable broth
Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste
Put the squash, onion, and broth to boil and then simmer until the squash is tender. Take off the burner and add the seasoning. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy. Just be careful while blending a hot liquid!