Cool Weather Garden Strategies

Posted by Mary Sweigert ~ September 4, 2008

I maintain that brisk temperatures are no reason to keep you indoors. After all, there's good growing season left, and your garden can be taking advantage. It's also the prime time to get your lawn ready for the conditions ahead.

Before the coldest of the weather hits, you might want to aerate your grass and lay down any of the fertilizer you may want to add. Photo Credit: flickr

You can even start planting in the late summer to harvest some early fall crops. Species especially suited to cooler environments include spinach, pansies, and garlic. It's also a good chance to get your bulbs in the ground for next spring and plant some grasses, which bloom in the late summer and early fall.

Another great strategy for your fall time gardening projects might mean investing in a cold frame. These great little gadgets are lightweight, easily portable, and insulate plants or shrubs from the harshest of temperatures. If you've put in bushes or shrubs and the weather is set to get colder sooner than expected, cold frames are a great way to protect your investment and enjoy the foliage in the spring without worry.

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