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How to Get My Garden Ready for Fall Planting?

Written by Naomi Meza

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Posted on October 21 2022

Planting crops in the fall as the summer weather ends lets the crop ripen in cool temperatures leading to a bumper harvest.

Fall is the perfect time to plant crops that do best in cooler and wetter conditions.

 

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Why Plant Vegetables in the Fall?

White squash and zucchini next to a tray of carrots all pulled from the garden

While some farmers and gardeners are at the peak of summer planting seasons, others are getting ready to plant in fall.

This is because fall weather offers a unique set of advantages for the farmer and the plants. These advantages include the following:

1. Fewer Pests

    Most pests and insects that afflict plants are getting ready to hibernate or hide out during winter so they will not bother your garden crop.

     

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    2. The Weather is Milder

      Fall weather is usually more forgiving for the plants compared to scorching hot days from the summer or frost in the winter.

      3. A Strong Breeze Aids in Plant Development

      A strong breeze is usually described as a chill that keeps insects away and helps plants develop strongly.

      This is useful when hardening off seedlings before transplanting to your garden beds.

      4. Soil is Moist

      Fall ushers in garden soil conditions perfect for plant growth—moist yet well drained.

       

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      What is the Best Month For Fertilizing the Lawn in the Fall?

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      Fall lawn fertilization is crucial for the robust growth of garden plants, mainly when applied right.

      Depending on your specific location, you may want to fertilize your lawn when everyone is doing it, which tends to be in September and early October.

       

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      Make sure to apply your fertilizer evenly and work it into the soil.

      How to Prepare Your Garden for Fall Planting

      Person in blue long sleeve pulling weeds out of the garden

      There are a few things a diligent gardener will make sure to do before fall planting season. Here are the top fall planting tips for you:

      • Weed

      Your fresh crop will get suffocated by weeds because they compete for water and nutrition from the soil.

      Make sure to thoroughly weed the soil leaving no weeds roots left behind that can sprout. If the weed is already grown, weed them before they seed.

      • Eliminate Spent Plants

      Beans, lettuce, and other plants that have already matured or withered should be uprooted and disposed of to avoid the risk of spreading disease and pests to the new crop.

      Any crops that look healthy can be added to the compost.

      • Clear all Fallen Fruits

      Rotting fruits attract pests that will afflict your fall crop, so you can't afford to be tardy on this job.

      Clean up all fruits, no matter how small, and add them to the compost even if they are healthy.

      • Add Manure or Compost

      This is a great way to improve soil quality in the fall. If you decide to use manure, ensure it has sat in compost for at least six months.

      You can also use Monopotassium Phosphate 0-52-34 because it is fast acting and works for all crops.

      Here are a few crops you can consider growing this fall:

      • Cauliflower
      • Carrots
      • Turnips
      • Broccoli
      • Kohlrabi
      • Peas
      • Cabbage
      • Kale
      • Radishes
      • Beets
      • Lettuce
      • Beans
      • Swiss Chard
      • Mustard Greens

      Remember, this is not a comprehensive list of crops you can plant in the fall. Feel free to plant anything your heart desires and experiment.

      However, we advise you to avoid planting tomatoes and peppers during fall.

      Grow Better a Better Fall Garden With MKP

      Are you ready to get your fall crop ready?

      Grab your bag of Monopotassium Phosphate today and prepare your garden soil for your wonderful fall crops.

       

      Our Monopotassium Phosphate 0-52-34 fertilizer is extremely versatile and can be used on a wide variety of garden plants from nuts, to leafy greens to berries!
      It's also water soluble and can be combined with the use of other liquid fertilizers if necessary.

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