Pumpkins, fall colours, blue skies and beautiful weather oh my! How beautiful our autumn season is! And what a great garden season we’ve had this year in 2015! Early spring through to a gorgeous late fall are setting us up for winter quite nicely.
This summer has been one for the record books, with an extended growing season, warmer nights and beautiful heat-full days! Gardens and plants have thrived and now as the season comes to a close, that same plant material is enjoying a nice gentle slope into dormancy, unlike previous falls that have had the growing season come to a screeching halt! (ie. Snow-tember of 2014!)
Greenhouse and Nursery Product Still Available
As I drive down our neighbourhood streets there is still a few front beds and patio containers with some annual colour, although most of it has been cleaned up and put away. This autumn’s colourful leaves have mostly floated off to the ground and are likely in compost bins, mulching garden beds or, unfortunately sitting out with the black bins destined for garbage (a sad reality). The Nursery and greenhouse stock is slowly dwindling in numbers, but there is still plenty available and sod can be harvested and laid right up until the ground freezes.
Plant Trees & Shrubs in Fall
There is always two schools of thought as to best time to plant trees and shrubs; there are firm believers that spring is the best and only time as this allows for roots to set and grow to prepare for a long winter, others believe that in fall, prior to dormancy is the best time. Either way, in our climate, getting trees and shrubs planted anytime is a good time! Watering plants in well from spring, through summer and into fall is a must as water, along with fertilizer and sun is what keeps them growing and healthy. Healthy plants keep the pests and diseases at bay.
Most of us that have been gardening for a long time know that the planning never ends. Already I’m thinking about the success of this year’s vegetable garden and where I’d like to add some more raised planters so I can grow even more. Areas of the flower beds that need rejuvenating already have been dug up, organic material added and plant lists made for a spring re-do! A cotoneaster shrub that was infested with oyster-shell scale has already been cut back to the ground and has grown back about a foot already. The hedge out front will be cut back this winter to see how quickly a spring flush of growth will bring it back. The planning is on-going, many garden magazines will be perused, our Pinterest pages will grow with many ideas and hopefully we’ll enjoy another brilliant growing season to make sure all this planning is worthwhile!
Hope you enjoyed success in your gardens during the 2015 garden season and the staff at Blue Grass Nursery, Sod and Garden Centre look forward to being there for all your planning needs!