Fall planting and maintenance are key elements in a thriving landscape. Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs planted in fall will give a glorious display of color beginning the next spring. Lawns maintained through the fall will be lush and green late into winter and reappear early in spring. And fall-blooming plants such as mums, pansies, and flowering cabbage are an easy way to add dynamic color in celebration of the changing seasons.
Nothing is more satisfying than planting dormant brown bulbs in autumn and seeing them emerge in late winter or early spring with fresh green shoots and glowing flowers. In Colorado, where winters can seem everlasting, it gives us hope for spring to see delicate tulip and daffodils poking through those late winter snows. Planting bulbs in the fall is an investment in the future. You know your hard work will be rewarded in spring, when tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths burst into bloom. Planting bulbs for spring is easy, just follow a few simple steps!
With fall in the air, you might find yourself becoming nostalgic for the color of your summer garden. A great way to extend the beauty of your garden well into fall is to plant chrysanthemums, or “Garden Mums.” With their tightly packed, colorful blooms, the flowers last for weeks, not days, and the sheer number of buds per plant will convince anyone that this flower is a real autumn star!
If you let your houseplants vacation on the back deck or front porch this summer, then by early September it’s time to get them ready to move back inside for the winter. Letting your indoor plants spend their summer at “camp” is a great way to give them extra air circulation, increased surround lighting, and natural fluctuations in temperature and humidity. But when nighttime temperatures begin to dip below 50, have a plan ready for moving them back inside. Here are some helpful tips…
We know the story, it’s as old as time, of having too much zucchini! Maybe you were planning on losing a few plants to hail or rabbits and squirrels but all survived and thrived. And now you are leaving them on porches in the night, sending your child to their first day of school with armloads for the teachers, trying to use them as barter for your library fines… Trust us, you are not alone. So here are 5 ways to use your zucchini that don’t include bread or muffins!