Come fall time, it’s easy to wash your hands clean of most yard work. Just because our green thumbs come out during the spring and summer, keeping up your garden doesn’t have to stop there. Surprisingly enough, there are plenty of plants that thrive in the late fall and even through winter. As your garden says goodbye to its carnations and sunflowers, there’s plenty of room for new plants to begin growing.
Why garden in the fall? Precipitation peaks in September and October, leaving Mother Nature to do the watering for you. With summer out of the way, so is the heat. Not only is the cooler weather easier for us gardeners, but milder weather is also better for your greens to grow. Start every dinner off right with a fresh salad — kale and spinach are tolerant of frost for up to 6 weeks while lettuce has a short 3-week growing period.
Another friend of frost is carrots. These veggies can stay underground through fall and winter, fresh and sweet to taste after harvested. Make sure you mark their spot, so they aren’t confused as weeds and plucked out too early! Once ready, throw them into a homemade soup or pot roast for a heartwarming meal.
While most yards are decorated with fallen leaves and pumpkins, spice up your garden with some fall flowers. Marigolds are easy to plant and bloom in our favorite fall colors like red, orange and yellow. Plant them in a pot for a beautiful porch arrangement. Trick-or-treaters and Thanksgiving guests will be in awe-tumn.
Surprisingly enough, there are plenty of flowers that bloom in the winter. While Michigan in the fall is nothing short of colorful, the only red and green we see in the winter comes from our Christmas decorations! A yellow English Primrose or deep violet Pansy is sure to stand out in the snow. The Hellebore is actually nicknamed the “Christmas rose” and blooms in early winter — just in time for a handmade centerpiece!
Just because the weather begins to cool doesn’t mean your garden needs to hibernate. Your home deserves to look it’s best despite the changing leaves. Any of these tips prove that gardening is for every season. Be inspired to show your holiday guest that your green thumb is out year-round.