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Extend your Homegrown Harvesting into Fall

Fall days are perfect for gardening—it’s cooler, the sun is still shining, you have the occasional rain shower, and the soil is warm. The soil is warmer than in spring, so your plants grow more quickly during this time of year. 

To extend your homegrown harvest through Thanksgiving, you must plant your fall garden before the first frost. Meaning now is the time!

If you live in a part of the country where the first frosts come in November, start planting in September. If you live where frosts start earlier, we suggest going with transplants that are a few weeks old so they will be able to handle the cold weather.

10-12 Weeks Before First Frost

Broccoli and Cabbage: Plant directly in garden beds. If you’re looking for cold-tolerant varieties, consider ‘Blue Wind’ broccoli and savoy-type cabbage.

Brussel sprouts: It is best to grow Brussel sprouts in raised beds since seasons and temperatures are often changing. For best results, plant ½ inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart.

Carrots: Plant your carrots in late summer. Don’t be afraid to leave them in the ground well into the fall season. Often, they will taste sweeter after a light frost. 

Note: Create a light blanket of mulch over your carrots—this will serve as an insulator during cold nights.

Celery: Celery tends to grow out, space each seed ½ inch deep and at least 24 inches apart in rows. Remember to spend time watering the celery. It needs a fair amount of water to thrive!

Onions: Start onions from seed in midsummer. Plant hardy types like ‘Lisbon White Bunching.’

8-10 Weeks Before First Frost

Arugula: From seedling to harvest, arugula needs only four to six weeks.

Collards and Kale: Plant directly in garden beds. Collards and kale tend to taste best after the first frost.

Lettuce and Greens: It is best to start your lettuce and your greens from indoors. These seeds need a little extra care!

6-8 Weeks Before First Frost

Beets: Before you plant, soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. Then, keep planted seeds well watered.

Parsnips: Plant fresh seeds for the best parsnips. Feel free to leave them in the ground for a few frosts before harvesting.

Turnips: Plant turnips directly into the garden; they do not transplant well. Don’t forget, turnips are cool-weather vegetables and can be grown in both fall and spring.

Radishes: As radishes are left in the ground, they sweeten. They can be harvested within three weeks of planting.

Need more great reasons to plant a fall garden? Check out this blog on How to Have Your Best Fall Garden and the benefits you gain for your garden in the coming year. 

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SOURCES:
Meyer, S. (2016, Sep). Fall veg planting. Vegetarian Times, , 30
Christopher, T. (2002). Second harvest. Country Living Gardener, 10(5), 97

The Ultimate List of the Most Vibrant Fall Shrubs, Perennials, & Trees

Autumn is known for its vibrant colors—from stunning leaves on the trees to bright pumpkins growing in fields. This time of year is anticipated, it’s homey and beautiful—a mix of so many family activities and traditions. 

Bringing these beautiful fall colors and foliage to your home is relatively simple by choosing just the right plants. We have our favorite, ultimate list, and images of the best fall shrubs, perennials, and tree suggestions that will bring the fall color you are looking for!

Shrubs

Certain shrubs are the perfect choice for planting near your home’s foundation. Their compact size requires less maintenance, and adding the right shrub can bring pops of color next to your home exterior materials. Some shrubs even produce berries, which we love! But before you choose, make sure the shrub will have plenty of space to grow in the area allotted. So do your research and know where your shrub will be located.

These are our fall favorites : 

Beautyberry

Fothergilla

Heavenly Bamboo

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Sumac

Virginia Creeper

Winged Euonymus

Witch Hazelpr

Beautyberry Shrub








Perennials

Perennials are the perfect garden and landscape staples because they come back year after year. Many perennials provide great fall color and leave your garden looking beautiful year-round.

Look to add: 

Florists’ Chrysanthemum

Gaillardia 

Gloriosa Daisy 

Golden Fleece 

Goldenrod 

Japanese Anemone 

Mountain Sage 

Pineapple Sage 

Salvia’ Indigo Spires’

Sedum’ Autumn Joy’ 

Sneezeweed 

Sunflowers

Gaillardia








Trees

There’s something incredible about seeing the trees change colors in the fall and then the carpet of color they blanket the ground with soon after. It’s truly a spectacular sight!

If you’re looking to add height, here are some of our favorite trees: 

Chinese Pistache

Crape Myrtle 

Eastern Redbud

Japanese Maple

Maidenhair Tree

Paperbark Maple

Persian Parrotia

Smoke Trees

Eastern Redbud








Once you add a mix of these shrubs, perennials, and trees—take time to give each plant a considerable amount of water. While we’re moving into the fall season, it is still warm in many parts of the country, so plants need plenty of moisture to stay healthy and hydrated. To help with hydration, consider adding mulch. This will add an extra line of defense and help your plants retain water.

Don’t forget to add microbial support to your planting routine. Our Home and Garden prebiotics work to increase nature’s ability to bolster root establishment and growth to best prepare for winter dormancy. Come spring, with Bountiful Harvest®, your soil and plants will thrive with health, vigor, and vitality that you simply can’t get from fertilizers alone. How it works – Each product works in harmony with nature to provide vibrant, healthy plant growth while enhancing plant and soil health the way nature intended. Helping you create a beautiful “Bountiful Harvest®” of fall color this year and next fall in and around your home!

Happy GRO-ing!


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SOURCES:
Cohoon, S., & McCausland, J. (2002, 10). Color your garden for fall. Sunset, 209, 92-98.
Weishan, M. (2003). Planning for the fall. Country Living, 26(8), 62.
10 1988: 69. ProQuest. Web. 18 July 2020.

Late Summer is the Best Time to Repot Your Growing Houseplants – Here’s How

Indoor houseplants can often go unnoticed when it comes to the right time to transplant. However, when our pothos, snake plants, and philodendron begin outgrowing their pots, they need to be replanted into bigger containers to take root and give them the best opportunity to develop and thrive fully. You’ll know it’s time when roots start peeping out of drainage holes, and new growth is smaller and farther apart. 

During the warm months is the best time to make the transition since the plants are actively growing. You can also wait until fall, but don’t wait too long—the colder weather will stifle the growth of your houseplants and weaken their transplant success. 

We’ve put together a guide so you can successfully transition your houseplants into a new home:

#1 – Water

Before you make the transition, begin watering your plants thoroughly 24 hours before you plan to transplant.

#2 – Remove the plant

To remove the plant from the pot: Turn the plant upside down, place one hand on the soil, and the other gripping the pot. Then, gently pull to release the plant from the pot.

#3 – Examine

Once the plant is out, examine the roots. If any white ones are winding around the edges, gently untangle them with your fingers. 

Pro tip:  To help promote good nutrient absorption, it’s ok to help the roots loosen up and even trim them. Use pruning shears to remove and loosen the root mass and help create space for the plant to avoid strangling itself with its roots as it grows.

#4 – Repotting

Add fresh soil to your new pot. Next, center the plant and fill the rest of the pot with soil. The soil should be just below the rim of the pot—about three centimeters.

Pro Tip: Cacti, Snake Plants Succulents, and Snake Plants love terracotta pots. Plastic pots are best for African violet, anthurium, and ferns.

#5 – Just Add Life

To ensure your plants succeed when being repotted, take the opportunity to check if your soil lacks nutrients. A simple soil test will help you determine if the nutrients have settled to the bottom soil in your pot, and this is the perfect time to boost the nutrients.  

A soil test indicates your soil’s pH level—the relative acidity or alkalinity—which affects how plants take up nutrients and thrive. If the analysis shows low PH, we recommend adding calcium. Calcium is the trucker of all plant nutrients; it is essential for proper nutrient transportation into the plant. When calcium is deficient, your plants suffer not only from lack of calcium but other essential nutrients as well.

Adding SuperCal® is one of the best ways to supply calcium in the form your plants require. This fast-acting, proprietary blend of natural organic acids, works in the soil to break down tied up calcium/lime deposits and convert them to an available form that plants can utilize. 

Here are a few benefits:

– Guaranteed analysis of 10% calcium

– 100% water-soluble, does not have to go through biological breakdown

– Immediately available to the soil and growing plants

– Improves Nutrient Uptake

– See immediate results…No waiting six to twelve months like with dry lime.

Don’t starve your plants of the calcium they need. Set them up to take root in their new home with SuperCal®!




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SOURCES:
Westcott-Gratton, Stephen. “Repotting Houseplants.” Canadian Gardening Winter 2007: 38-9. ProQuest. Web. 18 July 2020.
“Prepare Houseplants for Winter.” Southern Living 10 1988: 69. ProQuest. Web. 18 July 2020.