Fall is for Planting – Countdown to First Frost

Warm soil + cool air = happy plants. As the scorching summer days fade away, the joy of spending time in the garden returns. Before the first frost (predicted for November 7), there are plenty of tasks you can undertake to prepare your Mid-Atlantic landscape for the upcoming spring and beyond. Count on Homestead Gardens to expertly guide you through each step of the process, and our knowledgeable associates will even provide hands-on learning sessions. Elevate your gardening knowledge before bidding farewell to the season and closing your garden.

 

Fall is for Planting – Weekly Chore Lists

As the first frost in the Mid-Atlantic approaches (expected on Nov. 7), it’s super important to prioritize these time-sensitive tasks before heading out. And as the countdown continues, you’ll have easy access to each task list.

Get ready to:
  1. Aerate, fertilize, and reseed your lawn.
  2. Direct sow cool-season veggies.
  3. Plan your final mow.
What you need:
  1. Espoma fall winterizer lawn food, grass seed, leafgro, new seeding fertilizer, mag-i-cal
  2. Cool-season seeds: kale, lettuce, mustards, radishes. Raised bed potting mix.
  3. Yard disposal bags.
Get ready to:
  1. Prune, fertilize, and mulch your gardens.
What you need:
  1. Espoma slow release fertilizers, leafgro, mulch, pruners.
Get ready to:
  1. Prep oversummering houseplants to be moved inside by removing hitchhikers (2-3 applications).
  2. Repot houseplants outside while we can still make a mess in milder weather.
  3. Remove veggies that are past peak + turn the rows.
What you need:
  1. We the Wild, hort soaps, etc.
  2. Potting soils + substrates suitable for houseplants.
  3. Leafgro
Get ready to:
  1. Begin transplanting any perennials that need a new home and add in something new.
  2. Ensure any freshly planted/transplanted material does not go completely dry for the first few weeks to ensure it takes hold.
  3. Begin planting spring blooming bulbs now.
What you need:
  1. Biotone starter, Leafgro
  2. Bone meal/bulb tone, root and gro.
  3. Plants!
Get ready to:
  1. Begin transplanting any shrubs/trees that need any adjustments.
  2. Now is a great time to dig in any new trees that may give you more shade or color for next summer/spring.
  3. Apply winter mulch around tender/exposed material that may need additional protection over winter.
What you need:
  1. Biotone starter, Leafgro
  2. Shredded hardwood mulch
Get ready to:
  1. It is time to bring in your houseplants, but acclimate them slowly.
  2. Consider seeding a cover crop in the veggie garden to provide organic matter in spring.
What you need:
  1. Grow lights, drainage saucers, cork mats, plant stands.
  2. Cover crop seeds like grains, grasses, brassicas, or legumes.
Get ready to:
  1. Enrich the soil for next year's garden.
What you need:
  1. Leafgro, pine fines.
Get ready to:
  1. Refrain from cutting back any material as plants go into dormancy.
  2. Consider mulching if you prefer a tidier look for winter.
What you need:
  1. Mulch

 

Fall is for Planting – FREE Garden Chores + Coffee Sessions

Join us at Homestead Gardens for the Fall is for Planting Garden Chores + Coffee event, welcoming gardeners of all skill levels. Led by our knowledgeable associates, each session is thoughtfully crafted to provide education, progress tracking, troubleshooting, and a platform to celebrate your gardening accomplishments. Come visit us in-store and let’s cultivate together!

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