Transitioning to Fall Gardening Tips for a Sustainable Garden

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Fall is here in Vermont, so I’m sharing these fall gardening tips to inspire you to get outside and work in the garden. The leaves are gorgeous, and we have already had a few light touches of frost. Now that our garden is mostly dead, there are a few things that I need to do in the backyard. Thank you to Arborjet for sponsoring today’s conversation. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Transitioning to Fall Gardening Tips for a Sustainable Garden

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Transitioning to Fall Gardening Tips

With the leaves starting to turn from green to fiery red and vibrant orange, and crisp air on its way, the time has come to prepare your garden for the fall, and I hope these fall gardening tips will get you started. This season, Arborjet makes it easy to maintain a sustainable garden with its new line of natural and organic garden care products, featuring ARBORChar™, AzaSol™, NutriRoot®, Eco-Mite Plus® and Eco-PM®.


Compost any weeds, vegetables that have stopped fruiting, and decaying leaves that have accumulated in your planting beds. Take care not to put weeds that have turned to seed into your compost, or weeds will sprout! If you are growing heirloom plants, consider saving the seeds from these plants in a cool, dry place for next season.


Apply NutriRoot Liquid Soil Applied Fertilizer at planting or to mature landscapes to increase water absorption into roots and to enhance root growth. It may be applied monthly throughout the growing season, particularly in hot, dry months to alleviate water stress in trees and landscape plants. In northern regions, also apply in the fall before the onset of winter.

Transitioning to Fall Gardening Tips for a Sustainable Garden


Add mulch to the sprouts of cool-season vegetables to provide moisture. Lettuce, for instance, loves moisture, without it, it can be bitter.

Check Soil pH

Check your soil pH to ensure the success of your crops. Most vegetables like a slightly acidic soil pH. The ideal range is between 6.3 and 6.9 (on a scale from 1 to 14). If your soil has a pH below this range, add lime to your soil this fall. If the soil is too alkaline (above 7.5), you could add elemental sulfur to your beds to lower the pH.

Consider Location

When fall arrives, shorter days mean fewer hours of sunlight for veggies. For new veggies, choose a location within your existing garden that isn’t mixed with still-maturing vegetables. Then the new plants won’t be fighting against the established plants for water and nutrients.

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Amend Your Soil

Gently sift the bedding soil and rake in a soil amendment, such as a composted organic material with ARBORChar™ All Purpose Grow, to give cool-season plants the nutrients they need to flourish and prep your soil for spring plantings.

Check the Almanac

If planting new vegetables, be sure to check the Old Farmer’s Almanac for the first frost dates in your region.

Prevent Weeds

Apply one to two inches of compost or manure on top of your beds to help infiltrate the soil with nutrients for the next season. You can also add an additional layer of a lighter organic material (like straw) on top to prevent nutrients from escaping and reduce early spring weeds.

Transitioning to Fall Gardening Tips for a Sustainable Garden

Plant Cool Season Crops

If your schedule allows, plant cool-season crops every two weeks. This allows you to harvest continually, at least when the temperature stays moderate. Look for a fall garden planting schedule for your area.

Stop Insects

Bringing plants indoors this fall? AzaSol™ and Eco-Mite Plus® can help keep insects from coming along for the ride!

Do you have any other fall vegetable gardening tips?

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  1. The hubby is in the process of shutting down our garden for the year. Or most of it. He does overwinter the garlic and he is trying something new with spinach this year.

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