by Connie Oswald Stofko
That muggy weather we’ve had this past week made it feel more like July than September.
But Labor Day is over and kids are headed back to school. That makes many people think the gardening season is over.
No it’s not!
Here are a few reminders of things you can do in the garden now and for the next few weeks.
Start a new garden
Many people think spring is the perfect time to start a new garden, but fall can be even better.
If you’re going to be digging a new bed, you don’t want to cut any utility lines. Before you dig, find out where the utility lines are. It’s a free service, and your neighbors will be happy that you didn’t shut down the power for the entire block.
If you don’t want to till, try lasagna gardening. You can start it in spring, but it’s better to start a lasagna garden in fall.
There are lots of plants that bloom through fall. Choose some of those to add autumn interest to your garden.
Here are more ideas on how to make your garden look great in fall.
Don’t forget that many perennials are on sale now. Check our Events page.
Plant tulips and other bulbs that bloom in spring
If you want crocuses and daffodils and other flowers that bloom in spring, you have to plant them now. By planting different bulbs, you can have flowers from mid-winter through July. (Note: The article below is from a previous year; the Fall Garden Fair at Lockwood’s Greenhouse is Sept. 12 and 13, 2015.
While frost can kill your tender annuals, there are many attractive annual flowers available now that are resistant to frost.
Plant up a container of annuals to add color to your porch, deck or yard. You can use grasses and herbs, too.
Mums are a favorite flower for fall– most are treated as annuals in Western New York.
Don’t forget to continue harvesting your tomatoes, herbs and other food plants. You can also plant some cool-weather vegetables now, such as lettuce. While you can plant cool-weather vegetables in April, you can also plant some kinds now and get a second crop.