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Garden care for the fall

At this time your garden is probably expressing the melancholy state of the growing season’s end, when fruit is ripening, perennials go dormant, and the rich abundance of summer starts to fade. Fortunately there are still plenty of faithful fall favorites to brighten up the day, such as mums and stone crops, and this blue ground cover beauty. In order to keep a bright outlook on gardening, there will be much work to be done at the beginning of fall. Here’s the list:

– clean, deadhead, weed (again!). Get rid of all the spent plants and anything that already turned brown.

– don’t forget to water, the garden is tired already, you don’t want it wasting

– gather seeds and fruit, there will be plenty of them

– don’t feed! the garden needs to ease its way into the winter dormancy

– plant cheerful fall annuals to keep the garden bright

– some of your favorite roses will start to bloom again, make sure they are healthy (we can make an exception about feeding roses, they might not bloom again otherwise). Roses are such wonderful plants that they will bloom through the first frost, long after other perennials have already gone dormant.

– if you don’t already have them, plan on getting some reliable late blooming perennials.