It's hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. Although we associate spring with planting, fall can be an ideal time to plant.
Five plant types are successfully planted in the fall:
1) Spring Bulbs need a cold period in order to bloom. Plant your bulbs when the weather is cold enough to ensure they won't grow in the fall, but before the ground freezes, usually around Thanksgiving in Delaware. An inexpensive metal bulb planter is a great investment.
2) Cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, kale, rutabaga, spinach, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, lettuce and radish can be planted and harvested in the fall. Their growing season can be extended by planting them in cold frames.
3) Planting turf grass in the fall provides a time to grow deep roots, when its energy isn’t used for top growth.
4) Trees and shrubs are best planted while the weather is cool but the soil is still warm enough for root development. Plant trees and shrubs no deeper than their natural soil lines and keep them well watered until the ground freezes, to give them a good start before going dormant.
5) The same is true for perennials, which need an inch of water a week until the ground freezes.
Enjoy your fall planting! Ellen Pell, Master Gardener