7 tips for gardening in autumn
In this post I'll show you why gardening in autumn is great and how you can make the most of it.
7. Autumn sales
Garden centers, hardware stores and supermarkets offer massive sales over the autumn season. It's the best time to get discounts on your plants and tools.
6. Grow garlic
Garlic is really easy to grow, just get some leftover cloves, put them straight into the ground, about an inch deep and about 4-6 inches apart. You can also grow them in medium size containers.
5. Grow leafy greens and lettuce
Most people think that just because summer is over the season has ended but there is so much you can grow in the autumn. Here's a list of varieties that are easy to grow over the colder seasons: Perpetual Spinach, Lambs Lettuce, Land Cress, Mustard Greens, Pak Choi, Kale, Collard Greens, Chard, Cardoons, Radicchio, Parsley, Coriander, Dill, Mizuna, Tatsoi.
If severe frost or snow does hit it's a good idea to get yourself a polytunnel. If you don't have one of them just cut the bottom of a plastic bottle, they act like a mini greenhouse and work just as well.
4. Peas and Broad beans
You can put them into the ground, about an inch deep and 2 inches apart or start them in old toilet paper rolls on your balcony. When the first leaves start to form you can then plant the entire toilet roll straight in the soil as it will docompose within few weeks. Use a stick to help them grow upwards.
3. Collect rain water
Collecting rain water in autumn is a great idea since it can be very usefull in the spring and summertime. Bring your water buckets out.
2. Harvesting seeds for free
This is a great way to stock up on next years seed stock. Once you have collected your seeds just make sure they are stored in a really dry place, It's good to use seed packets.
1. Leaves for composting
In Autumn leaves are everywhere. Now as you know composting recycles various organic materials and produces a soil conditioner (the compost). Compost is rich in nutrients. Usually in other seasons its hard to stock up on brown materials so go outside and make the most of it, grab whatever you can.