5 Steps To Get Your Garden Ready For Fall ( w/ Free Printable)

“Get your fall garden ready with these steps to get your garden ready for Fall. Use our free garden planner to assist you in your process. “


Are you looking to start a garden this fall? We love gardening during this time, because you do not have worry so much about the pests that tend to thrive in warmer weather. There are steps however, to getting to harvest before the Winter, so we created these simple steps to get your garden ready for fall.

1. When Start Planting A Fall Garden

The first step to get your garden ready is figuring out when you should start. You need to figure out what your frost date is for your zone that you live in. You our zone finding tool that you can find here. Find that date and your zone is important so that you can plan what you will grow and how fast it can potentially reach maturity. 

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2. Clear Things Out

Clear out your old plants, and get your soil ready for new ones.  You want to clear out any weeds, and debris that you may have in your raised beds, or containers. Start prepping you soil. If this is your first time planting, consider getting your soil tested. You can used DIY ones or have someone come out and test. Knowing what kind of soil you have is important to figuring out how to amend it.  The Farmers Almanac has a great article about prepping soil. 

3. Fall Vegetables To Plant

Of course choose vegetables you can plant for your zone, but here is a basic list of things to plant

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Mustard Greends
  • Parsley
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Bunching Onions
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage
  • Garlic
  • Turnups
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Peas

4. Don't Forget The Compost

Fall is a great time to add compost to your garden. We compost with a 5 gallon bucket to save on space. I will recommend some compost containers if you do not have your own. 

Read More: 50 Things You Can Compost

5. Cover With Mulch

Make sure to cover your garden beds and containers with some mulch so that the soil holds it’s moisture. Make sure you give a good water down after you have transplanted your plants, or sewn your seeds, and you are ready to start your Fall garden!

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Amanda

    I have been wanting to have a year-round garden and I think this is the perfect thing to get me started. Planting in Autumn seemed really daunting but this broke it down nicely for me.

  2. isdeen

    I do no dig gardening. The compost I use is from my chickens, so it”s chicken poop and straw that”s been hot composted. If I”m in need of more I”ll use our “city compost but it”s not something I recommend. In fact I think it does more harm than good, lol. City compost hasn”t been hot composted, and it has a tendency to be too “hot. ~ karen! reliable online pharmacy

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