Dig It: Fall Garden Tips

Believe it or not, Fall is right around the corner! While some are dreaming of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, we are ready to get our hands dirty in our learning gardens. Here are some fall gardening tips we will be teaching in the garden this fall:

Planting with precision

Planting with precision!

1. The middle of September is the perfect time to start your Fall planting to last through the winter.

2.  Consider planting cool-season crops like kale, spinach, evergreen bunching onions, lettuce, parsley, parsnips,  and carrots. These plants can withstand the first frost and may last through the majority of the winter weather.

3. That soil is going to need some amending so get ready to add some nutrients and freshen it up with compost!

4. Keep the moisture in this fall with a heavy mulching on your beds. Mulch keeps the moisture in and controls the weeds.

Our school gardens will be digging in the week of September 19th and learning about seed germination and all things garden! This year, our Farmers, Sean, Nicole and Sara will be spending time at gardens in Richmond, Henrico, Hopewell, and Chesterfield. We are also expanding our after school program to another middle school in Richmond and a new elementary school in Henrico!

Amending soil in Hopewell

Amending soil at Patrick Copeland Elementary’s Garden

Don’t forget to stop on by at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden PlantFest this weekend! We will be selling organic fertilizers, amendments and more on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th! Even better, Sean Sheppard from Backyard Farmer is the best person to ask for all questions related to the garden.

Happy Fall, Y’all!

-Nellie Bradley, Program Manager