TULSA, Okla. – The autumnal equinox could begin later this month, but warmer temperatures persist.
If you are considering making changes to your garden to prepare for cooler temperatures, you may need to do some research first. FOX23 spoke to Paul James at Southwoods Nursery to get an idea of what vegetables you should be planting this time of year.
We still have two months left in our growing season, so there is plenty of time to put in cooler weather plant seeds for leafy greens, cabbage, cauliflower and root crops like carrots, radishes and turnips.
When planting in these hot, dry, and windy weather conditions, you should keep the top half inch of soil moist by watering daily. Once the plant is above ground and temperatures drop below 90°, you can reduce watering to every other day.
For the rest of your landscaping plants, you’ll want to make sure they get a good deep soak at least once a week until early fall.
Before putting the seeds in the ground, Paul says to make sure to amend your soil, which can be done by adding a compost product. A slow-release organic fertilizer will help these fall plants grow.
You don’t want to waste time sprouting these seeds, so make sure your soil has replenished the necessary nutrients. As Halloween and November approach, we encounter frost and frost. As long as temperatures don’t drop below 28°, these cooler season plants can still survive.
Paul says even these light jellies can actually concentrate the sugar, adding an even better taste to your vegetables.
As the foliage begins to fall, you can also add shredded leaves to your beds, which will add nutrients later in the season to your plants.
This is also the best time of year to plant trees and shrubs. If your fescue grass took a hit during this brutal summer, you can start replanting that grass once temperatures return to the 70s and lows to the 50s.
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