Time for an Autumn Makeover

This time of year we get a lot of people anxious for a change in their gardens and a fresh look. We’re fortunate in Southern Oregon to have a mild enough climate that allows us to have a fall and winter season for vegetable and flower gardens. Each year we always have our fall crop of perennials, chrysanthemums, pansies, flowering kale, winter vegetables, and more ready to change over your gardens from summer to fall.

Establishing a new crop in your flowerbeds and vegetable gardens can often be tricky in the fall because of the varying day and night temperatures. We can often have stretches of hot days mixed with cool nights which can make watering challenging, especially when you have established plants mixed with newly planted ones. Typically plants will not need as much water now as they did in the summer months. Even when the days are hot, remember that the nights are longer and tend to be much cooler, which allows the soil to retain the moisture better. For freshly planted material, make sure to water it in thoroughly after transplanting and then water as needed until they’re established. For your beds or garden areas that still have summer plants in them, you can likely cut back on your watering for the same reason, in that the soil is retaining the water more now than it was just a few weeks prior.

We will have a fall planting class on September 10th. The focus of the class is to talk about what to plant now for both flowerbeds and gardens. It’s a great chance to get together, share ideas, and get inspired to change over from summer to fall. The class is free, however, registration is required so make sure and call to reserve a spot 541-482-2866.

Happy Gardening,

Kelly Brainard