GARDENING TIPS: What you need to know as we enter fall

TULSA, Okla. — The Autumn Equinox may begin later this month, but warmer temperatures are sticking around.

If you’re considering making some changes to your garden to prepare for cooler temperatures, you may need to do some research first. FOX23 spoke with Paul James at Southwoods Nursery to get an idea at what vegetables you should plant this time of year.

We still have two more months in our growing season, so there’s plenty of time to put cooler weather plant seeds for leafy greens, cabbage, cauliflower, and root crops like carrots, radishes, and turnips.

When you are planting in this hot, dry, and breezy weather patterns, you need to keep the top half inch of soil moist by watering daily. Once the plant is above the ground and temperatures drop below 90°, you can cut back on watering every other day.

For the rest of your landscaping plants, you’ll want to make sure they get a good, deep soaking at least once per week through early fall.

Before you put seeds in the ground, Paul says to make sure you amend your soil, which can be done by adding a composting product. A slow-release organic fertilizer will help those fall plants grow.

You don’t want to waste any time in getting those seeds germinated, so make sure your soil has replenished nutrients necessary. As we approach Halloween and November, we encounter frost and freeze. As long as the temperatures don’t dip below 28°, these cooler season plants can still survive.

Paul says even those light frosts can actually concentrate sugar, adding an even-better taste to your vegetables.

As foliage begins to fall, you can also add shredded leaves to your beds, which will add later season nutrients to your plants.

This is also the best time of year to plant trees and shrubs. If your fescue grass took a hit in this brutal summer, you can start replanting that grass once temperatures return to the 70s and lows in the 50s.

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