Get you garden plots ready for fall planting

By Laurie Garretson
Aug. 24, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Aug. 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Laurie Garretson

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September is just a few days away and then it's only three weeks until the official first day of Fall. Not that that means we will be needing sweaters and long sleeves but never the less by then we should be seeing some friendlier improvements in our weather conditions.

Fall is a wonderful time to garden and there's lots of preparations that can now be done to assure the best ever results in your landscape.

If you have an abandoned summer vegetable garden that you would like to garden in this fall, but it's overrun with weeds and old dead vegetable plants, now is the time to clean it up and revitalize the soil.

Here's a pretty fast and easier way to prep an old garden plot. Once you've cleaned out the area of any water hoses, cages, stakes and any other obstacles you can take a weed eater and mow down any weeds and debris that might be there. All this dead organic matter can just be left on the soil. You might want to evenly spread this debris over the area, especially if there is a large amount of it.

Now water the entire area real well. Next lay a thick layer of newspapers, about 3-5 sheets thick, all over the garden area wetting it as you go. Next spread an inch or so of compost all over the newspaper and top that off with some of your organic granular fertilizer.

Again, water the entire area and you're done. With time the newspapers will decompose and add back to the soil along with the compost and fertilizer. Let the garden rest for a couple of weeks and it will be ready to plant. It will help to keep the area damp until planting time.

When you're ready to plant, cut holes in the paper to plant transplants or cut long slits in the paper, fold the edges under to seed rows.

After your plants are 5 to 6 inches tall spread mulch all over the area to help retard weeds.

Until next time, let's try to garden with nature, not against it, and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to laurie@vicad.com or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.


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