End of Summer Gardening

Have you noticed fall starting to creep in?

I was playing in the yard yesterday with my daughters and I noticed patches of leaves changing colour and some have even started falling off the trees. Its subtle, but its there. The flowers have stopped blooming and the petals are dropping to the ground. I know, cue the sad music, summer is slowly coming to an end.

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I see you in there looking at me — looking at you.

I actually enjoy fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Any one else?

This is also a great time to save money on next years flowers, and even get them for free.

Buy On Clearance
Most nurseries have started selling off their final stock of outdoor plants from this summer, and you should be able to get the best deal of the season now. Granted, there won’t be much to choose from, but you should be able to find something to fill that gap in your yard at a great price. You will need to get the plants into the ground as soon as possible and double check with the nursery to see if you should be fertilizing it to give it the best chance of surviving winter.

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We bought these perennials mid-August from a local nursery for 30% off.

Love thy neighbour — or at least, be nice to them.
If you are looking for free plants, now is the time to be nice to your neighbours. With fall around the corner, plants will be dropping their seeds soon. Ask your neighbours if they are interested in doing a seed exchange. Ask them if you have anything in your yard that they would like the seeds of. The same goes for vegetables. If your neighbour grows vegetables and you would like some seeds, ask if they can save some seeds for you (you can also ask for any vegetables they will just be throwing out for any reason and take the seeds out yourself.

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Our garden is now ready to eat. We still have tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, celery, onions and a few peas.

If your yard is bare and you want to get some life in there, ask if you can have some of your neighbours seeds to drop in to your flower bed. It benefits your neighbours to have nice looking yards around them, so they may be happy to help you out.

Some of the seeds will need to be in the ground before winter, some might do better if you store them and use them in the spring. Ask what the names of the plants are and check what the proper seed storing and growing procedures are online.

These leaves have been falling for a few weeks. They already crumble under our feet.

These leaves have been falling for a few weeks. They already crunch under our feet.

Then, wait for next spring and hope for the best.

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird's Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family's) daily activities.
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