6 Tips for Gardening in the Fall

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5. Protect plants from light frost

If a light frost is coming a bit earlier than you planned, there are a few steps you can take to help protect your plants until harvest time.

Before a frost, make sure to water your plants thoroughly, as wet soil holds heat better than dry soil, according to the garden experts at the University of California. Using bed sheets, drop cloths or plastic tarps may also protect your plantings, but be sure to remove these after the temperature rises in the morning.

While these methods will surely help, keep in mind that they are not foolproof and may not protect your plants against a hard frost. If you live in cooler climates, try planting fall vegetables in containers so it will be easier to bring them indoors on especially frigid nights.

6. Preserve, preserve, preserve!

Savor the tastes of summer all winter long by preserving the last of your favorites before it’s too late. From canning and jamming to freezing, drying and pickling, there are loads of options for saving your favorite fruits and veggies for the cool-weather season.

Check out these food preservation tips to get started. Once you have each method down, you’ll be ready to give them a try on your fall veggies, too.

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
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