Did you know that the fall months are the perfect time to plant? I know it sounds crazy but it’s true!
I remember learning about this last year from a local farmer. He told me that the ideal time to plant is about six weeks before the first real frost. For us New Yorkers, six weeks before the frost is September or October.
Why is September and October the best time to plant? Because the warm soil in the fall encourages roots to grow right through winter until the ground freezes. When spring arrives, the roots start growing at a faster rate, or in some cases, they start new growth.
So, if you think about it, a plant that is planted in the spring tends to grow slower because of the cooler soil. Meanwhile, the fall plant has a well-established root system which will help the plant deal with the summertime heat and drought.
Do you know why I like to plant in the fall? Most plants are on sale at the nurseries..and I love bargains! Also the cooler air fights off pests, which means less disease problems for the plants. Rainfall at this time also helps hydrate my plants.
I have been planting for a week now and I am almost done! Try fall planting and let me know how you like it! Have fun!