Gardening

Fall planting and sowing


Prepare your garden for next year already. Easy !

Fall is the second key time of the year, after spring, for planting and sowing. It is a very favorable season for horticultural creation work because the plants are not likely to dry out under high temperatures and the garden is watered regularly by the best water there is, that of rain, which is more frequent this season. Novice gardeners, start with bulbs and perennials, very easy to achieve.

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Bulbs: magic flowers!

So that tulips, daffodils, daffodils, iris, grape hyacinth, crocus, colchicum, alliums, cyclamen and others hyacinths bloom in the next beautiful season, plant the bulbs ideally from late September to November, or even sometimes until late December.

The idea is to bury these bulbs in the ground to allow them to overwinter and then flower better from April-May. Preferably choose a place in the sun or partial shade, except for grape hyacinths, Lily of the valley and the daffodils who prefer the shade. The soil should also be light and well-drained to prevent the bulbs from rotting - add sand if you find that the soil is too heavy.

Using a bulb dibbler, make a sufficiently wide and deep hole in the soil and place the bulb with its pointed end facing upwards, to a depth of about 2 to 3 times the size of the bulb. 'onion. Cover completely with soil, tamp down and water. And if the first year is not successful, add a special bulb fertilizer the second.

You can space them about the length of a hand. Nothing else to do until spring, apart from perhaps marking out with pretty labels, to remember their geolocation ... Or it will be a total surprise when the temperatures are favorable again!

Once the flowers have wilted, pull out the fragile ones and store them in a dry place until the following fall.

Perennials: enduring beauties

Sold in pots in garden centers or nurseries, the perennials are planted in autumn preferably in regions with a mild climate and rather in spring in cold regions. “Choose plants with a beautiful, healthy and well-developed root network,” advises Brigitte Lapouge-Déjean in her book I succeed all my cultures in pots (ed. Terre Vivante). “All are content with a handful of compost and loose soil to triple or even multiply in the year following their planting, adds Patricia Beucher in Jardiner sans se planter (ed. Ulmer), and most reseed themselves spontaneously if the garden is theirs pleases ”. They bloom again every year, what a godsend!

Countless flowers and grasses, a lot of'aromatics and some vegetables (artichoke, asparagus, currant…) Are perennial. Also think about rosebushes, shrubs and fruit trees who like to be planted after summer as well.

Autumn sowing in the vegetable garden

By the way, autumn is also the best season for to sow grass, as well as vegetables that will grow in the kitchen garden the following summer: sow them winter salads, in the ground as in a planter, the cabbage, thegarlic and the peas !

To read also: My perennial vegetable garden by Aymeric Lazarin, ed. Terre Vivante (€ 24.90) and The small Rustica treatise on perennials, ed. Rustica (€ 19.95).

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

Read also :

  • September to December, the gardener's calendar
  • Annual calendar of sowing and harvesting in the vegetable garden

Video: FALL GARDENING HOW-TO. Fall Planting 101 (October 2020).