Good Gardening Week 10: Fall Cleanup; Plus Hot Autumn Tips

Welcome back to Good Gardening! In our Week 9 discussion, we wanted to know how many of our Good Gardeners had a big fall harvest coming up. As always we took the conversation to social media to see what the response was like…

This week’s discussion represented my own autumn experience: barren. Evidently the droughts spoiled many opportunities for a rich harvest time, though not all of them.

Joanie Elbourn has frost-tolerant greens to look forward to like kale, chard, and collards. She will also continue to enjoy a wide variety of herbs, and some carrots and pole beans. Thomas signed off on our Facebook discussion with a single green tomato. Maybe next year Tom!

Professional permaculturalist Monica Richards wrote into the email address to tell us that her garden is just now coming to life after a weather phenomenon called a “heat dome.”

Many of our plants literally hung in there through August, and I’m now seeing new tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers begin to come in since the cooler weather started. So on many plants, not much happened since June, but now we can begin a whole new harvest! Attached are photos of new tomatoes that started last week, and our tortoise, Gil, with a golden cucumber.

For Fall, my plan has been “It’s cooler now, let’s get a bunch more baby trees and shrubs into the ground before Winter!” Fall has become my perennial planting time, as I find many of them do well to establish roots before frost and begin their true growth starting the following year!

Monica writes in every week from California, so her advice should be considered per zone.

“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”