Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Achieving Happiness in Your Garden: The Seventeenth Secret
And with fall comes another secret to achieving happiness in your garden. This secret is one that people have been told time and again, but they don't always believe it.
I'm not sure why they don't believe this secret. I suspect part of the reason is that many people think of gardening as something that begins in the spring and ends in the fall, more precisely on or about the first day of fall or when they get the first frost of the season. After that, it is over for them, except for the raking of leaves which seems more like drudgery to them than gardening.
Or perhaps they are so tired of gardening after fighting the spring rains and the summer drought that what they really want to do now is hunker down inside and forget the garden until next spring. Let the frost kill it all off and let the snow hide it, they think. They'll deal with it in the spring after a long winter of rest.
Oh what a tragic mistake that would be. What an opportunity wasted. What a season lost.
By now you've probably already guessed that the seventeenth secret for achieving happiness in your garden is "Plant for the long-term in the fall".
Plant for the long-term in the fall.
Now is the time to plant most trees, shrubs, even perennials. They'll appreciate the cooler temperatures, the hopefully more frequent rains, and use the time until the ground freezes to grow roots and establish themselves. By the time spring comes, they are all settled in and ready to grow.
Now is the time to plant bulbs for spring flowers, too. They need to go through the cool of a winter to bloom in the spring.
Now is the time to prepare the ground for that vegetable garden you promised you'd start next spring. If you prepare that raised bed or other planting area this fall, you'll be all set for planting in it early spring. You won't have to dance around the spring rains to prepare the ground to plant your peas in March. You'll be all set.
Plant for the long-term in the fall. That's the seventeenth secret to achieving happiness in your garden. Go ahead. Do it. You'll "fall" in love with gardening all over again. You'll be so happy next spring when you see how well those fall planted trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs grow in your garden.