You may be tempted to walk away from your garden after the first frost, but doing a simple clean up can greatly impact your garden next spring. It is important to get rid of leftover plant debris in annual flower beds and vegetable gardens to reduce the risk of pests and diseases.
Do you need a second chance with your garden this year? Lucky for you, fall is an excellent time for gardening in Kansas. Growing conditions are cooler in fall than spring, resulting in higher yields and better flavor. Some plants actually prefer the cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall.
Planting a fall garden is just like planting a spring garden with some big advantages. You will find the weed pressure to be much less and insect problems may be far fewer than in a spring garden. Seeds will germinate rapidly, so you will have crops up and growing in just a few days, compared to several weeks in the spring.
Is your garden struggling to do well in this hot, dry weather we have had lately? Extended periods of high temperatures, like the 100 degree weeks we have seen, can really take a toll on our gardens. The most important thing you can do is keep everything watered, you don’t want your plants heat and water stressed. Tomatoes tend to be one of the pickiest vegetables, and even stop producing fruit, because of lack of pollination, when night temperature remain above 75 degrees.