Don’t you love how just the thought of the arrival of fall allows us to turn our attention to gardening again? And turn our attention we should! Planning for gardening tasks in fall should be a top priority for these next couple of months. These next few weeks, we’ll be breaking fall down into 5 essential gardening adventures that are crucial to plan for. Join us today for a sneak peek of Rainbow Garden’s 5 favorite reasons to garden in fall. Time to get excited for the BEST gardening season in San Antonio!
5 Exciting Opportunities For Fall Gardening in San Antonio
1. Fall is for planting wildflowers.
Many people don’t think about wildflowers until the bluebonnets show up around April in San Antonio; but wildflower seeds need to be planted in fall to produce their beautiful blooms in spring. If you plant these wildflower seeds in springtime, you don’t give them the correct amount of time to develop. We have an exciting event you need to save the date for: Oct 5th, 10AM, at our Bandera location, we will be hosting wildflower expert, John R Thomas, owner and founder of Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. John knows the importance of beautiful wildflowers along our highways. Enjoy listening to the expert explain how, and when to plant wildflowers successfully in your area.
2. Fall is for pollinators
Most of us are aware of the Monarchs making their way through San Antonio on their migratory path back from Mexico, but other butterflies are also migrating; with many of our perennials putting out a second show of blooms, fall is prime time for pollinators. We need more plants that attract pollinators in more areas of our city. We are so excited to be part of the 3rd Annual 2019 Monarch and Pollinator Festival. Rainbow Gardens will be right in the the thick of it this year, spreading what we know about attracting and helping pollinators and encouraging others to do the same. Make sure to come visit us.
3. Fall is for a fresh round of vegetables and some fruits
- Warm-weather fall vegetables: Wait! I said fall, right? That’s right. Living in San Antonio affords us the awesome opportunity for planting a second round of some of our favorite warm-weather vegetables in fall, like: eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and more.
- Cold-weather fall vegetables: Right on the tail of that second round of warm-weather vegetables is the arrival of cole crops and cold-weather fall vegetable gardening. Get excited about planting broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and more.
- Strawberries: Just like the wildflowers mentioned above, many folks don’t think about them until springtime, not realizing that the right time to plant them is in fall. Fall-planted strawberries out-produce spring-planted strawberries by far.
Join us for our some great fall vegetable gardening seminars on the way. On August 24th, at 10AM at our Bandera location, we’ll be bringing you Edible Landscaping with Shennandoah Connor, owner of Green Goddess Designs. You’ll go home with tons of creative ideas for landscapes and garden spaces using herbs, veggies and other edible plants.
Fall Raised Bed Gardening seminar on August 31st at 10AM at our Thousand Oaks location, to get some fantastic tips from Uprooted Gardens on how to grow fall vegetables in raised garden beds and containers. They build and maintain both commercial and residential gardens in San Antonio and they know what they are doing, folks!
4. Fall is for Dividing and Transplanting
- Transplanting: Fall is the perfect time to transplant a tree, shrub or perennial that you realize might be better off in another area of your landscape. The cooler weather allows the plant to withstand the shock of being dug up and replanted, and gives it the right amount of time to establish strong root growth in its new home.
- Dividing: Since plants will experience less heat stress, fall is the perfect time to dig and divide plants that have become crowded over the years. Some perennials that can be dug up and divided during this time of year are: iris, canna, phlox, coneflowers, hardy amaryllis, Shasta daisy, liriope, daylilies, and hosta.
5. Fall is for planting trees and shrubs
Trees, Shrubs, AND woody perennials: There is absolutely NO better time than fall to plant these items. Planting in fall gives trees, shrubs and woody perennials much more time (all winter and early spring) to grow strong roots to be able to withstand our summer heat. Did you plant these items in spring? How are they doing now? Try planting them in fall and you’ll see a big difference in their health and vitality!
Do NOT miss our upcoming seminars all about fall planting with David Rodriguez, Horticulturist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Bexar County. David serves as the coordinator of the master gardener program for the San Antonio local area and brings more than 27 years of local yard and garden experience to the table. You have two opportunities to gain from Daivd’s knowledge and experience. August 24th, 11:00-12:30 at our Thousand Oaks location and also on August 31st, 11:00-12:30 at our Bandera location. Come for the great information and get a chance to be the winner of our special give aways at those events.
Get ready for fall, y’all!
~The Happy Gardener, Lisa Mulroy