Fall is the time to think about planting

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – For many, fall means clearing out the garden and getting ready for another winter. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Kenneth Stillwell, part owner of Carolina Seasons Nursery, explains:

”There’s still a few things you can plant. If you like collards and kale, you can still plant those, but other than cleaning the garden out, getting all the debris out, and taking a soil sample that’s pretty much it for the winter garden.”

That soil sample will help you know what nutrients to add to your garden for next year.

The growing season for most plants comes to an end soon, but there are some things that are actually good to get in the ground this time of year.

If you look forward to the first flowers of spring, now’s the time to plant bulbs like tulips and daffodils. Trees, shrubs, and other perennials will have a better chance of getting set in the ground before the spring if you plant now.

”Plants are starting to go dormant so they don’t need as much water, and you’ll still get root growth all winter,” says Stillwell. “So it’s a really good time to plant. This is the best time to plant trees and shrubs.”

If you’re looking for some color, mums and Camellia sasanquas will continue to bloom for a few more weeks. Pansies and Camellia japonicas should bloom all winter long.

No matter what you plant, Stillwell says go easy on the water. Plants don’t need as much this time of year.

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