Fall Gardening Plans

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MiracleGro Logo(1).jpgAdvertisementNow that it's fall, it's time to pack away the garden, right? Not so fast!! Fall can be a great time to garden! So many plants can't handle the summer heat (and lack of moisture) but thrive in fall conditions.

Maybe you live in the south and you could actually grow peas or spinach in the fall? 

I live in the frigid north, but even we can grow a few things each fall - like spinach, lettuce, some berries, and a host of flowers.

I have been so horrible with flowers lately, that my Fall gardening project this year is going to be adding fall color to our yard. I have already put out some mums. Don't these mums just make you feel like Thanksgiving time...

I'll be adding some ornamental grasses and bulbs. The grasses look best in the summer but provide visual interest all year long. And the bulbs will pop up in the spring.

I'm going to plant more tulips. Ideally, rows and rows of red and yellow ones.

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 I'll even be planting some fall lettuces. Hopefully the fall will turn out to be a better (read: caterpillar free?) time to grow them.

I'm going to use our lettuces to make a great fall Taco Salad - like this one:

Doesn't that remind you of fall (aka football season?) Here's the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 package (12-1/2 ounces) nacho tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1-1/2 cups Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 1-1/3 cups salsa
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef with 1 envelope plus 2
  • tablespoons taco seasoning until no longer pink; drain.
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  • In a very large serving bowl, combine the lettuce, chips, tomatoes,
  • beans, olives, cheese, onion, chilies and beef mixture.
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  • In a small bowl, combine the salad dressing, salsa, sugar and
  • remaining taco seasoning; pour over salad and toss to coat. Yield:
  • 26 servings (1-1/3 cups each).

Fall is also the perfect time to plant and care for trees. They need water before winter and since the temperature is cooler, it's the perfect time to plant or prune with little stress on the plant.

You can plant things in the ground or in pots during the fall. When I plant in pots, I find it's a lot easier to use a premade mix like something made by Miracle-Gro. You just scoop and plant. Easy.

I hope I've inspired you to head out and Find beauty in the Fall this year. If you wan to share gardening stories or hear great project ideas head to the Miracle-Gro Facebook page.

 

 

 

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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate all your tips, advice, and well wishes!

Angela

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