Believe it or not, Fall is right around the corner! While some are dreaming of sipping apple cider and carving pumpkins, we are ready to jump in and get our hands dirty in our learning gardens. Here are some fall gardening tips we will be teaching in the learning gardens 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. The soil is going to need some amending so get ready to add some nutrients and freshen it up with compost! Adding shredded leaves or untreated grass clippings will provide vital nutrients and structure to your soil- perfect timing!

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

Our school gardens in Hopewell and Chesterfield County Public Schools got an early start last month, and our Richmond and Henrico County Public Schools will be digging in this week! This year, our Farmers, Cody, Ben, Katie, Hunter, and Elena will be spending time at gardens in Richmond, Henrico, Hopewell, and Chesterfield. This year we are also excited and grateful to have expanded to work alongside the Richmond Food Justice Alliance & Kinfolk Community at the MLK Middle School farm site.

Amending soil in Hopewell

Amending soil at Patrick Copeland Elementary’s Garden

–Happy Fall, everyone!