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How to Have Your Best Fall Garden

 

Remember helping your mom in the garden on those crisp, cool fall days? With the excitement of spring and business of summer, it is easy to forget about fall gardening, but it is still very much a thing. In today’s post, we’ll review why you should plant a fall garden, some things to consider before you start planting, and the types of herbs and veggies that grow well in cool, moist weather. Let’s get started!

Why Plant a Fall Garden?

If you spent a lot of time and effort on your garden over the spring and summer, you might want nothing more than to clear it out and prep it for next spring. So why should you plant a fall garden? 

Growing your own herbs and veggies into autumn allows you to continuous access to fresh, healthy, homegrown foods that you had during the spring and summer. Not only is this good for your family’s health, but it is also easy on your wallet. Beyond that, you’ll have access to all of the fresh ingredients you need to make your favorite fall comfort food when the weather turns chilly, which means no last-minute trips to the store when you get a hankering for your famous homemade vegetable soup. 

Other benefits of fall gardening include: 

  • Less watering: cooler, wetter weather means a lower water bill and less work for you
  • Cooler temps: no more breaking a sweat just to go out and gather herbs and veggies
  • Fewer pests: many pests die off in cooler weather giving your garden a respite
  • Increased shade: fall offers less direct sunlight, which many fall herbs and veggies love
  • Enhanced flavor: frost can actually sweeten many fall crops, increasing the depth of flavor
  • Enhanced soil health for spring planting: Although it might be tempting to clear out your garden at the end of the summer, planting a fall garden can actually do wonders for soil health and future plant nutrition. How? By helping to build up a diverse population of microbes. These tiny microbes in the dirt feed off of a substance that roots give off, helping to create nutrient-rich soil that plants thrive in. Planting a wide variety of fall-hardy plants will go a long way towards enhancing your spring garden’s soil health.

Considerations for a Great Fall Garden

Before you begin planting your fall garden, there are a few important factors to consider. As with your spring and summer gardens, you want to make sure that your garden has the right amount of sunlight, that its soil is healthy, and that the plants have access to the water and nutrition that they need to thrive.

Sunlight

Fall days are shorter and that means that your fall garden will have fewer hours of daylight than it did in the summer. While many fall herbs and veggies do well with increased amounts of shade, they all need some sunlight to aid in photosynthesis and growth. Choose a day to monitor how many hours of sunlight your garden gets and keep this in mind as you are getting ready to choose the herbs and veggies you want to plant.  

Soil Health

Plants thrive in rich, well-drained soil. Whether you are planting in the ground or a raised bed, starting with high-quality soil is essential because it will provide your plants with a boost of nutrition from the very start. This will increase their overall health and hardiness. Excessive moisture during the fall can rob the soil of valuable nutrients. Finding a good liquid calcium and prebiotic supplement will further enhance soil health in your fall garden. 

Heat Protection

Do you live in an area where temperatures can fluctuate as much as 30 or 40 degrees between day and night in the fall? If so, it might be a good idea to invest in some type of heat protection for your fall garden. Row covers are inexpensive and they can be bought online, providing much-needed protection from unexpected hot spells. If you need a row cover in a pinch, you can always make your own out of any type of see-through white fabric. Tulle and lightweight polyester interfacing work perfectly for the job.

Watering

Fall can be a tricky time of year to plant, especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain in the fall months. Watering your plants too little or too much can affect their growth and health and sometimes it can be hard to know how much additional water your garden needs beyond that which Mother Nature provides. Using a rain gauge can be a great way to determine how much water your plants have already received before you water them, preventing dehydration or too much water

Plant Nutrition

Plants need food just like people do — you take care to feed your spring and summer garden, and your fall garden is no different. Finding a quality, plant nutrition product will add life to your garden, enhancing the plants’ water efficiency and the soil’s nutrients to improve plant growth, yield, and vigor.

Other Considerations 

      • Choose plants over seeds. They mature sooner to beat the cold.
      • Set a watering schedule. Water regularly to keep the soil hydrated.
      • Mulch. Protect your plant’s roots from unexpected heat on hot fall days.
      • Consider a cold frame. Build your own or buy one to protect plants and extend harvest durations in colder climates.
      • Consider a raised bed. This will promote proper drainage and prevent rot as the season gets wetter.

Ideal Herbs for Your Fall Garden

There is nothing quite like the aromatic herbs of fall. Some of the easiest ones to grow in your home garden include: 

  1. Cilantro
  2. Chives
  3. Lavender
  4. Mint
  5. Parsley
  6. Rosemary
  7. Sage
  8. Thyme

Vegetables — When and What to Plant in Your Fall Garden

To get the most out of your fall garden, you want to make sure you plant your veggies at the right time. The following planting guide offers some good guidelines on when to plant some of the more popular fall vegetables: 

 

Ready to Get Planting?

Has all of this fall gardening talk gotten you jazzed about planting? If so, it is never too early to start planning which herbs and vegetables you’ll plant in your garden this fall, along with the type of soil health and plant nutrition products you need to make your garden thrive. Shop AgriGro’s entire Home and Garden line today to find innovative products designed especially for the home gardener and have fun this fall. Happy planting!

 

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Home Grown, Naturally and Sustainably

 

Are you thinking about becoming a green thumb but feel a little overwhelmed by the process? Maybe you already have a garden, but you just aren’t seeing the results you’d like? We know that happy, healthy plants start from the ground up, which is why we are excited to introduce our Home and Garden line

Offering the same benefits as our commercial products, AgriGro Home products are specifically designed to enhance what nature has already provided.  

Finally — products that work with nature for everything you grow and are safe for your home, pets, and family!

How Our Home Products Work

With all the products on the market for home and garden use, it can be confusing to understand something as simple as growing herbs in a container. Unfortunately, our confusion often leads to more effort. While it might seem complicated, it’s really not when you work in harmony with nature. 

Working with nature simplifies things and it comes down to understanding the importance of beneficial microbial activity in the soil, on the plant, and the huge benefits that come from this thriving microbial life.  

Ok, now maybe I lost you…if that sounds complicated, hear me out. 🙂

Through nearly 40 years in the industry, AgriGro has learned that by supporting the delicate relationship between the life in the soil and the plants, we’ll make our job much less complicated. 

Nature provided these tiny living microbes that are always actively working in the soil and on the plant surface. They play several roles in ensuring the health of your plants, such as supplying the essential nutrients, growth regulators, antibiotics, enzymes, and amino acids. They also help break down fertilizers and release nutrients that are already in the soil to make them readily available for your plants. All of which are needed to grow strong, healthy plants that produce plenty of fruits and vegetables to bring to your dinner table.

Sometimes, from all the confusion of trying to offset this or that, or artificially boost growth, we wind up depleting the number of beneficial microbes and lowering the plant’s natural abilities and defense systems — that’s when it gets complicated again. These efforts are not sustainable and are likely doing more harm than good. 

Our all-natural prebiotic formulation, however, works to significantly increase these beneficial microbes…up to 5000%! Containing various biomolecules that not only feed the microbes, increasing their performance, but also serving to regulate various functions in the plant for improved health. We’re adding life, supporting what nature has already provided. 

The healthier the plant and the soil, the fewer worries gardeners have about pests and disease. To sum it up, when these microbes are on the job we can enjoy the process and a bountiful harvest with less effort. 

There you have it – working with nature by adding life makes it much less complicated. 

 

Our Home & Garden Product Lineup:

Containing macro- and micro-nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and complex carbohydrates, this is a 100% natural, environmentally safe prebiotic treatment for your plants. Even better, it is a versatile product that has many uses. You can treat your seeds, bulbs, and roots with Bountiful Harvest before planting them, or you can spray it on flowers, succulents, fruits, vegetables, trees, and bushes throughout their growth cycle. Either way, you’re sure to notice improved germination as well as outstanding plant growth and development. Even your houseplants and lawn can benefit from this incredible formulation as it helps improve the way plants absorb and use water, which can result in less watering.

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Did you know that calcium is one of the most important minerals for a healthy, thriving lawn and garden? It’s true! Soil conditions have to be just right in order for plant nutrients to be in their most available state. Super-Cal is immediately available for your plants and helps balance pH levels to create the perfect environment for young seeds. It also helps support the metabolism of plants so that they can make the most of the nutrients they get from the soil. Use it on your grass or use it on your fruits and vegetables in the garden — the choice is yours!

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— We’re proud to announce our newest addition, OMRI organically approved:

Your family’s health is important to you and you want your lawn and garden to complement your natural lifestyle. As a 100% organic prebiotic treatment for seed, soil, and foliage, Ultra is a product that can help you do just that. This product is incredibly simple to use and has a wide variety of applications. Use it when you are planting the seeds in your garden for hardy root development and plant growth, or apply it to your lawn or plant leaves for healthier, stronger grass, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and houseplants. Worried about harmful chemicals in your lawn and garden products? With Ultra, you can romaine calm — it’s organic! In fact, it is certified for use in organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program. 

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Prebiotic Nutrition for Increased Crop Production and Profits

 

As a grower, you understand the critical connection between the health of your soil and the quality of your crop production. Throughout the years, numerous probiotic soil treatments have been incorporated into the agricultural marketplace in order to increase plant strength, enhance growth rates, and help crops be more resistant to disease. While probiotics may be an effective means of enhancing plant nutrition, they are not without their shortcomings.

If you are searching for a natural way to decrease inputs while increasing your crop yields and profits, AgriGro® has a solution for you. We offer several prebiotic products that can help you achieve your production goals while enhancing soil health and increasing crop production. Let’s take a look at what makes our prebiotic formulations so effective.

Probiotics vs. Prebiotics for Crops

To understand the fundamental difference between probiotics and prebiotics, we must review the makeup of each treatment.

Probiotics

Probiotic formulations rely on live microbial strains to provide the majority of crop production benefits. Many of the numerous probiotic products available on the market today are not well suited for commercial agriculture applications. Probiotics are somewhat unstable because they contain live microorganisms. Additionally, they:

  • Only contain one to four strains of effective microorganisms
  • Have a very short shelf life
  • Are difficult to mix with fertilizers, pesticides, and other inputs
  • Don’t feed native microbial populations in soil

Although probiotic treatments have become common in agricultural production in recent years, it is difficult to determine exactly the benefit they provide. For example, the Oregon Department of Agriculture evaluated 20 probiotic products in 2015. All of these products were well within their label-displayed expiration date, and all claimed to contain four commonly guaranteed bacterial strains: Bacillus, Glomus, Pseudomonas, and Trichoderma.

The evaluation detected no live bacteria in at least one or more of the bacterial strains that the manufacturer claimed on the label. What’s more, only 25 percent of the products tested actually met its guaranteed label analysis. This information can be difficult to process, especially for growers who invest their hard-earned money on potentially unreliable products.

Prebiotics

Here is where AgriGro can help your agricultural operations: unlike probiotic products that contain live bacteria, our exclusive formulations delivers an advanced prebiotic concentrate that contains no live bacteria. These innovative prebiotic formulations contain more than 400 different biomolecules that are naturally produced, making them some of the most complex in the industry today. Our prebiotic formulations have many advantages over probiotic formulations because they are:

  • Stable. Our prebiotics have a long shelf life — four years or longer — because they do not contain live bacteria.
  • Versatile and convenient. Our prebiotic products can be applied with fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides without concern.
  • Environmentally beneficial. Prebiotics in our products significantly increase the thousands of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the soil.

Choose Prebiotic Plant Nutrition From AgriGro

Here at AgriGro, we understand the importance of the biological component of crop production, and we have been a leader in the field of prebiotic technology for agricultural use for more than 40 years. Our innovative prebiotic products are designed to help you grow higher quality, better yielding crops while lowering your production costs and reducing dependence on chemical inputs. It is our mission to provide sustainable, cutting-edge technologies that help farmers improve soil quality and crop production by maximizing biological performance by enhancing what nature has already provided, and we would love to do the same for your commercial agricultural operations. To learn more about SeedMaxx®, Ignite S2®, FoliarBlend®, Ultra®, and our other products, or to locate a dealer near you, contact the AgriGro team today.

 

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