Looking for ways to spruce up your garden this season? You’re in luck, because fall is a great time to plant some beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. Even if you don’t necessarily have a green thumb, you can still make your garden something to be proud of. Read on for some Mosquito Authority-approved tips on how to make the most of your fall garden:
Flowers to plant:
- Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemums come in a variety of colors perfect for fall, such as red, yellow, orange, and pink. Simply make sure you plant these flowers at least six weeks before any extreme cold weather, so they can have time to establish roots.
- Aster: If you want to add some cool colors to your autumn garden, plant some aster. Aster is a perennial plant that grows in many different colors like purple and blue. Nectar from an aster plant is also a great food source for butterflies and bees!
- Sweet Alyssum: Sweet alyssum isn’t just for decoration; it also has a pleasantly sweet scent. Flowering in shades of white, pink, purple, yellow, and peach, sweet alyssum grows along the ground to create a flowery carpet of color.
- Black-Eyed Susan: Black-eyed susans are another flower that will brighten up your autumn garden. These golden blooms look beautiful next to any flower and are a favorite food source of bees and butterflies.
Vegetables to plant:
- Beets: Beets are a great fall vegetable that should be planted about 8-10 weeks before the first winter frost. If you follow this timeline, you should be able to harvest your beets in time for the holidays.
- Carrots: Carrots are not only a great source of nutrition, but they also add some color to your garden. These veggies come in a variety of colors including white, purple, crimson, and yellow. Carrots should be planted about 6-8 inches apart with 5-8 seeds per inch.
- Broccoli: Broccoli that grows during the cold weather actually tastes sweeter than when grown any other time of the year. If you’re planning on growing broccoli this year, plant this crop about 85-100 days before the first frost.
- Onions: Onions are another crop that come in numerous forms and colors. Depending on your region, certain onions may do better than others. Onions should be planted 2-4 weeks before the first frost of the year.
There are plenty of other flowers and vegetables that can thrive in the cooler weather, so make the most of your fall garden this year by trying some of them out!